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Child abuser's sentence increased

A paedophile serving an indefinite prison sentence for photographing himself sexually abusing a toddler has been jailed for another six years.

Edward Collins, 46, from Rhyl, Denbighshire, was jailed in 2006 for attacks on the 18-month-old girl.

He was sentenced to another six years at Mold Crown Court for additional similar sexual offences and arranging for another man to abuse the girl.

Judge John Rogers QC said: "It was a terrifying experience."

In 2006, former nursery nurse Collins was jailed indefinitely at Mold Crown Court for a string of offences Collins including indecently assaulting a little girl and taking a picture.

The same court heard on Monday how he had admitted a further similar offence.

He also pleaded guilty to arranging for another man to commit a sex offence against her.

Collins also admitted two counts of distributing indecent images in 2004 and 2006.


Collins - who must already sign on the police sex register for life - was also made subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which bans him from using the internet to download porn.

Prosecuting barrister Kim Halsall said the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre had received images from police in Britain and from authorities in the United States.

It led to the arrest of a man named John Smith, whose computer was seized and was found to contain images of children, including the girl abused by Collins.

The men had fantasised together on the internet and Collins suggested Smith should visit Rhyl, the court was told.

In 2006, Smith travelled to north Wales but was too "horrified" to continue.

Simon Mintz, defending, said: "Having put John Smith in the position where he could abuse a child they both drew back from that and didn't go through with the offence."

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