A paedophile who boasted online about his twisted plot to drug and rape children has been jailed for nine years.
Convicted child abuser Richard Cumberland was said to have ‘rejoiced’ in his warped desires when he shared them in chatrooms with other sexual deviants.
A court heard the sinister plan to ply two girls with sleeping pills or alcohol before raping at least one of them was instigated after the children’s father posted photos of them being abused.
The two men, who later met up for sex with each other, even discussed where to buy the drugs, and then ‘negotiated the going rate’ in terms of the child’s ‘reward’ for their ordeal.
Cumberland also shared the same indecent images of the girls, as well as ones of other unknown children, with fellow paedophiles.
They then engaged in ‘grotesque and celebratory’ conversations, with the 31-year-old boasting – untruthfully – about having a pregnant girlfriend, saying he would have his own child ‘to play with’ and would ‘love to have a go at a baby’.
At one stage in the legal proceedings, a shocked Judge Julian Smith was heard to exclaim ‘Good Lord’ on learning the detail of one horrific abuse video shared among the perverts online.
The explicit chatlogs came to light in 2017, four years after Cumberland had been jailed for a year for causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and possessing indecent images of children.
However, he was released by Kent Police under investigation and it was not until February 2019 when he sent images of his penis to an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old boy that he was re-arrested and charged.
Cumberland subsequently admitted arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, breach of a sexual offences prevention order, attempting to sexually communicate with a child, and 12 offences of distributing indecent images of a child.
Jailing him on Tuesday at Maidstone Crown Court, Kent, Judge Smith said he ‘negotiated’ his planned abuse of the girls with their father, and then ‘showed off and rejoiced’ with other paedophiles that they were to be his victims.
He concluded that Cumberland posed such a danger that he will have to serve at least two-thirds of his prison term rather than being released automatically at the halfway stage.
Under what is known as an extended sentence, he will also have a further four years added to any time spent on licence.
Cumberland, now living in Caersws in Powys, Wales, denied a further eight distribution charges which were ordered by the judge to be left on file.
He told the paedophile: “This was not idle chat, it was not spontaneous or mere fantastical discussions. These girls were real and you were involved in planning their rape with their father.
“The contents of the chatlogs with those of a like mind are deeply disturbing and speak in the most graphic terms of what you and they were looking for.
“You shared images of these young girls expressing your wish, your hope and your expectation that you would be able to abuse them with their father’s permission.
“Your intentions were very clear, very graphic and vile. You were rejoicing in the fact they were to be your victims.”
The court heard that the plot with the children’s father was hatched after he sent Cumberland images of them being abused via a chatroom conversation.
“The man articulated the sexual act he had performed on his daughter and sent images,” said prosecutor Rio Pahlavanpour.
“Attempts were then made to meet up. There was talk of the victims being drugged or given alcohol.
“The defendant even asked what type of drugs and whether they could be obtained from Boots.
“He was quite clear as to what acts he wanted to perform.”
The chatlogs between Cumberland and other paedophiles included references to wanting to rape a young boy and a baby, which Cumberland said would be ‘so good’.
In another twisted conversation he said: “I’d love to have kids of my own one day. I’ll play with them and let other boys and men play too.”
By the time of his online sexual chat with an undercover officer in February 2019, he had been under investigation for two years, said by Judge Smith to be ‘vastly too long’.
However, his barrister Yimi Yangye said there had been no other criminal behaviour in that time.
She also told the court that Cumberland’s chats were pure fantasy.
“While incredibly abhorrent in nature, it just wasn’t followed through,” added Ms Yangye.
“Even his talk of having a pregnant girlfriend and a child was untrue. There was no girlfriend, there was no child.”
The court heard the father of his intended rape victims was himself prosecuted as a result of the chatlogs with Cumberland, and later jailed for 12 years.
Cumberland’s previous conviction in 2013 related to him making contact with an 11-year-old girl in a chatroom and asking her to send him explicit pictures. He also sent her an image of his genitals.