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Watford man jailed over sex assaults on friend's baby

Clive Gay Image copyright Herts Police
Image caption Clive Gay has been added to the sex offenders register as part of his sentence

A man has been jailed for carrying out sex assaults on a friend's baby, which he also photographed.

Clive Gay, 45, of Leven Close, Watford, admitted four charges relating to the 14-month-old, at St Albans Crown Court.

Judge Andrew Bright said some police officers who catalogued the "graphic and horrible" material found on Gay's computer, had needed counselling.

Gay was jailed for ten-and-a-half years to be followed by three-and-a-half years release on licence.

The court heard Hertfordshire Police found a hoard of child sex abuse material on Gay's computer when his home was raided in April 2013.

A set of images taken by Gay's own camera showed sexual assaults on the baby, whose family was then traced.

The family looked on the defendant as a friend who had been entrusted to look after the child on a number of occasions, the court heard.

'Breach of trust'

Judge Bright said: "This material is so graphic and so horrible that I understand some of the police officers who had to watch and catalogue the material needed to have counselling afterwards.

"The extent to which you breached the trust they [the family] placed in you is one of the most shocking aspects of this case."

Gay also pleaded guilty to 11 offences of making indecent photographs of a child, two counts of possessing indecent photographs of a child and one count of possessing 38 extreme pornographic images.

Carle Wolfe, defending, said: "He needs substantial assistance to deal with the thoughts and feelings he has for children."

Det Con Emma O'Keeffe from the police's child online safeguarding team said: "I would like to thank the victim's family for showing extreme courage throughout the case and I hope the fact that this man will be in prison for some considerable time will offer them some comfort."

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