Prolific Dorset paedophile found guilty in 'horrific' case

David Shepherd was found guilty of 22 sexual offences Credit: DORSET POLICE

A prolific Dorset paedophile who travelled to the Philippines and filmed himself sexually abusing children as young as eight has been found guilty at Dorchester Crown Court.

The court heard how David Shepherd, 60 and of Bridport, would fly to the Philippines and record himself committing serious sexual offences, including rape, against young children.

Shepherd also paid for and directed live shows over the internet in which children as young as 17-months old were sexually abused. He was also found with a large collection of movies that he had produced, and tens of thousands of indecent images and videos of children on his computer and hard drives that he had downloaded.

Following a trial he was found guilty of 22 counts of sexual offences against children including rape.

This is the most horrific case of child abuse I have had any dealings with.

David Shepherd is an individual who presents a serious risk and danger to young children. For many years he has used the internet to commission live sexual abuse which he recorded.

Such was Shepherd's arrogance of his offending he pleaded not guilty despite the overwhelming visual evidence against him.

– Detective Constable David Baker

He is due to be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday 31st August.