A teaching assistant who repeatedly raped a baby and filmed himself abusing the child has been jailed.
Tommy Lee Allington, 25, from Swansea, subjected the little boy to a sustained campaign of abuse, which he documented and shared images of online.
A court heard how he ‘boasted’ about his activities to fellow paedophiles on the messaging app Telegram, discussing how babies and infants are unable to tell anyone if they’re abused.
His victim’s suffering only came to light after detectives investigating other indecent images shared by Allington found his self-shot films among a vast trove of child sex abuse.
Police searched his house following a tip-off about pictures being uploaded to an Instagram account linked to the 25-year-old.
More than 1,500 indecent images, including 252 showing the most extreme kinds of child sex abuse, were found on a burner phone hidden in his attic.
A court heard Allington remained calm while officers seized a number of devices around the property which had no illicit material on them but became ‘flustered’ when they found the phone.
The boy’s mother had to help identify her son as the child Allington was abusing in some of the pictures and videos after police contacted her and the father.
Describing the devastating impact of Allington’s crimes in court, the father said his young son sometimes goes into a ‘trance’, while the mother said her world had ‘fallen apart’.
Allington pleaded guilty to a total of 17 counts of child rape, sexual assault, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, possessing indecent images of children, distributing indecent images of children, and possessing prohibited images.
He was sentenced to 18 years and eight months in jail, followed by an extended licence period of six years, at a hearing in Swansea Crown Court on Friday.
He will also be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life and is subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
The court also heard his offending was unconnected to his work in schools.
Detective Constable Amanda Jenkins, who investigated the case, said: ‘Offences of this kind will always be shocking and disturbing, particularly when that person is in a position of trust.
‘This will undoubtedly be difficult news for the local community but please be assured that our teams and partners have safeguarded and supported all those involved in the investigation.
‘The victim’s family has shown incredible strength and courage throughout this case.’
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