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Thursday, 7 March, 2002, 17:54 GMT
Man admits attempted baby rape
Defendant Russell Contento, right, at Mold Crown Court
Defendant Russell Contento, right, at Mold Crown Court
A north Wales man has pleaded guilty to the attempted rape of a baby girl.

Russell John Contento, from Mold, admitted filming himself carrying out the crime and he was warned by a judge that he could expect to serve a long jail term.


In the forefront of the court's mind has to be the imposition of a substantial custodial sentence

Judge Stephen Clarke

At Mold Crown Court, the 31-year-old plumber also admitted taking indecent "pseudo images" of children and two charges of possessing them.

The charges cover the film he made and the downloading of indecent images of children from the internet.

He also admitted stealing children's knickers between January and December last year.

Judge Stephen Clarke adjourned sentencing for reports and the defendant was remanded in custody.

Judge Clarke said: "You will appreciate as much as I do how serious these matters are.

Shocking allegations

"In the forefront of the court's mind has to be the imposition of a substantial custodial sentence."

Robert Trevor-Jones, prosecuting, told the court that apart from the shocking nature of the allegations, Contento's general attitute towards young girls should be investigated further.

Psychiatric reports will now be gathered to assess his future risk.

Judge Clarke said: "The court will be helped by you being seen by a psychiatrist.

"We need to obtain as much background as possible."

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