Yalding paedophile admits sick trade in child abuse videos
A PAEDOPHILE raped children as young as six then set up websites to distribute and trade videos of his abuse with others.
Darren Leggett, 32, from Yalding, made at least 36 films which showed him committing a string of depraved offences against three young children.
Leggett, who lived with his parents in Mount Avenue, is due to be jailed in the next few days after pleading guilty to 31 counts of child sex offences.
Neighbours this week spoke of their alarm at learning that someone lived among them with such an appalling catalogue of crimes.
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Rachel Redshaw, 40, who has a two-year-old daughter, lives yards from Leggett's home, where police discovered evidence of the abuse on his computer and memory sticks.
She said: "You think he could have been looking at my child. She always says hello and talks to anyone. She is so forward and it's awful to think someone could take advantage of this."
Leggett's abuse took place in the Maidstone area over six years. His home is a few hundred yards from St Peter and St Paul Primary School.
Other neighbours, who had known Leggett since he was a child, described him as being "quiet with learning difficulties".
One woman, whom the Courier agreed not to name, said: "It's shocking. He seemed to be a nice lad but he was very quiet and would always walk around with his head down. You couldn't talk to him and I don't think he had many friends.
"As he got older, he did not mix with the girls like the other lads."
Another neighbour said Leggett had been unemployed for some time, but once worked with his father in the postal service. Leggett's family refused to comment.
Police uncovered the full extent of sexual abuse following a raid at Leggett's home on February 10. His arrest came after an anonymous tip-off to the Internet Watch Foundation from a member of the public.
Experts from the foundation discovered chat facilities on the websites which allowed Leggett to talk to other paedophiles in order to trade, sell and rent children.
Child exploitation officers and Kent Police then traced the content to Leggett's address and in doing so rescued three children from sexual abuse.
Leggett was convicted at Maidstone Crown Court on May 11 of 31 offences including rape, sexual assault, arranging a child for a sexual offence, and for possessing and distributing indecent images of children.