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Couple jailed for webcam sex act
Ronald Edwards
Ronald Edward was also convicted of possessing indecent photos
A couple have been jailed for 10 years each after having sex in front of a nine-year-old girl who was made to watch them from the US via video link.

Ronald Edwards, 54, and his 44-year-old wife Denise were sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday.

Discs and videos with images of children being abused were found by police at the couple's Cinderford home.

They had also encouraged a paedophile in New York to abuse the girl, as they watched online.

Judge Martin Picton said: "What the two of you did was quite appalling.

What the two of you did beggars belief
Judge Martin Picton

"The two of you took substantial pleasure in watching a nine-year-old girl being horribly abused and wanting it to continue.

"You took pleasure in her watching you have intercourse. Your instinct should have been to protect her, your criminality is the same as if you had been in the same room.

"What the two of you did beggars belief.

"The little girl has been permanently harmed and will never recover from the abuse."

Ronald Edwards, of Beaconsview Road, Cinderford, admitted engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a girl, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity with a man and possessing indecent photographs.

His wife, of the same address, denied the same charges but was convicted at Gloucester Crown Court of the two webcam charges. She was cleared of possessing indecent photographs.

Denise Edwards
Denise Edwards was jailed for 10 years

The jury had heard how the couple encouraged the American to perform sexual acts on a nine-year-old girl between July and November 2004.

They also performed sex acts in front of the child and the man, from Jamestown, New York state, via a webcam in August 2004.

Gloucestershire Constabulary's Child Protection Unit launched an investigation after the FBI executed a warrant at the American's home following allegations that the man was sexually abusing the girl.

His computer was examined and the links with the Edwards were uncovered.

During the trial, the 57-year-old American - who was sentenced to 18 years in jail after he admitted raping and abusing his granddaughter - gave evidence for the prosecution via video link from the US.




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