Save the Children paedophile sentenced to four years after pleading guilty to raping boy, 14
A former Save the Children worker who led a double life as a ‘predatory and devious’ paedophile was jailed for four years today.
Sohail Ayaz, a leading member of an international child abuse network, came to the UK on a two-year visa after molesting and photographing a 14-year-old boy.
Ayaz, who is also wanted in Italy in connection with a Romanian child sex ring, was arrested at the charity’s headquarters earlier this year.
Officers had been concerned he might find a way to use his job to target ‘some of the world’s most vulnerable children’ but their fears proved groundless.
Sentence: His Honour Judge Gregory Stone QC
Sentencing, Judge Gregory Stone QC told the impassive father-of-one: ‘One can only conclude that you are driven by powerful paedophile interests.
‘Offences such as these cause immense damage to children. Society has utter revulsion for such activity which brings nothing but degradation upon vulnerable children.’
He said some of the images recovered from his computer ‘involved children as young as six to 18 months - mere babies - and of the most degrading kind.
‘Some of the children are plainly in distress.’
Rejecting a defence assertion that Ayaz’s job at Save the Children was simply an ‘unfortunate coincidence’, the judge continued: ‘One very disturbing and worrying aspect of this case is that you sought and obtained work at a well-known children’s charity. ‘Now I have been assured that, in the circumstances of this case, that has not given you access to vulnerable children.
‘Nonetheless, there is concern that you were attracted to this work because it may have appeared to you that it would give you access to such children.’
To his credit was his co-operation with the police, his ‘evident remorse’, his pleas of guilty and previous good character.
That meant he would not be jailed indefinitely, even though the pre-sentence report made it clear he posed ‘a high risk of harm to children’.
But the judge said that, in addition to four years’ imprisonment, Ayaz would have to register as a sex offender for life and would never be allowed to work with children. He would also be recommended for deportation. The imposition of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order would be considered later.
The court heard the qualified book-keeper and accountant came to Britain in January 2008 on a two-year skilled worker’s visa.
Peter Zinner, prosecuting, said: ‘However, the Crown say he not only brought his special skills as an accountant into this country, he also brought his sexual interest in children.’
Save The Children Fund helped snare the pervert
Mr Zinner told the court: ‘Matters came to light by virtue of an investigation into an international paedophile ring, which started off with the arrest of a Norwegian police officer.’ They discovered he had been in touch with Ayaz and provided him with contacts in Romania who could provide at least 15 children for adults to abuse.
He, in turn, passed the information to a fellow pervert in Italy now awaiting trial for child sex offences. Once Ayaz had been identified, Scotland Yard’s Paedophile Unit was informed. They tracked the defendant down and launched an intensive surveillance exercise. Save the Children officials were also alerted.
‘In view of the potential for contact or at least obtaining the names of particularly vulnerable children, indeed some of the world’s most vulnerable children, via his position, police officers acted swiftly and arrested him at his place of work.’
Since then Oslo police have interviewed the Romanian youngsters, while the Italians have issued a European arrest warrant accusing Ayaz of ‘facilitation’.
Mr Zinner said the defendant’s computers were examined and more than 2,000 indecent images recovered - mostly of young boys - although many had been deleted. They included a number of images of him abusing the naked teenage boy. ‘The evidence also suggests Ayaz was in regular contact with like-minded individuals, not only in the UK, but also consistent with a paedophile ring involving central and eastern Europe and the Middle and Far East.
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