A couple from Northamptonshire have been handed jail terms totalling more than 40 years for a sustained campaign of sexual abuse against children.
Gavin Kennedy, aged 40, was sentenced to 22 years while his partner, 32-year-old Jessica Stone, received 20 years.
Both defendants were given a further extended sentence which means they will be on licence for a total of eight years each after their release.
The pair, from Desborough, were found guilty of 18 charges relating to child sex abuse following a week-long trial at Northampton Crown Court in October.
During the trial, prosecutor Nicola Moore said Kennedy had been the initial instigator for the acts, which sprang from a taste in extreme pornography.
Ms Moore told the court that Kennedy possessed a “voracious sexual appetite” while a search of his internet history had uncovered search terms that bore such a close resemblance to the acts described by the child victims that they could not have been a coincidence.
She told the court: “He searched for pornography using phrases such as “barely legal”, “very young girls” and “jailbait” – a coarse term referring to children under the age of sexual consent.
“There is no doubt this is a man who has gone from fantasy into reality – a man who has stepped over that line and since he stepped over the line his sexual boundaries simply became wider and wider.”
The couple were charged with three counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of child, aiding and abetting the rape of a child under 13 by a male and aiding and abetting the rape of a child under 13,.
They were also convicted of two further counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 and one of cruelty to a child.
Detective Inspector Tania Ash, from Northamptonshire Police’s Child Safeguarding Team, said: “I am very pleased at the length of the sentence handed down by the court following a long and complex investigation.
This has concluded a very difficult period for all involved, and I hope they can start to put the events of the past behind them and rebuild their lives now that justice has been done.
“I would also like to praise the work carried out by our partner agencies who have played a large part in the investigation. Their help and support has been essential.
“Child safeguarding is a priority for Northamptonshire Police. We take all reports of child abuse extremely seriously, investigate all allegations thoroughly and will do all we can to bring offenders to justice.
“Anybody with any concerns about the welfare of a child or who wants to report current or historic sex abuse should call 101 and ask to speak to a specialist officer from our child safeguarding team.”