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UK man kept girl, 2, calm with cartoon show while sexually abusing her

A UK man sexually abused a two-year-old girl and sent photos and videos of his actions to a woman in the US via Skype.

Mark Ahmed, 37, was jailed last week for 17 years and four months.

The UK court heard that Ahmed abused the child in front of a camera and sent photos to Roxanne Chapin from Arizona, who replied: "Oh my God babe, that is so sexy."

Ahmed also suggested to Chapin that they have a child together whom they would be able to abuse from young.

Said the prosecutor: "There was discussion of having a baby for the purpose of abuse."

'Abused her very seriously'

News website Get Reading reported that Ahmed and Chapin encouraged each other's depravity –​ Chapin also abused children and sent footage to Ahmed. 

She has been charged in the US with assaulting a three-year-old boy and a six-year-old boy.

Ahmed committed the offences on Jan 23. He was nabbed hours later when US police contacted their counterparts in the UK, reported Get Reading.

A prosecutor said: "He abused her (the child) very seriously throughout the day.

"Ahmed sent 20 images to the woman showing sexual activity with the child.

"He used Skype to contact Chapin and provided a running commentary of the abuse."

'Scarcely more than a baby'

When Chapin asked Ahmed what the child was doing during the abuse, he replied: "She is a bit baffled by it, but Peppa Pig is keeping her calm, reported The Mirror.

Peppa Pig is a UK cartoon for pre-school children.

Ahmed admitted to attempting to rape a child aged under 13, assaulting a child aged under 13 by penetration, making indecent photos of a child and distributing indecent images of a child, reported The Mirror.

The judge said in sentencing: "The victim of these offences was only two years of age, scarcely more than a baby.

"It is too early for anyone to be able to assess the psychological effects of your offending upon her, one can only hope that memories are not laid down so as to affect her future."

Sources: Get Reading, Mirror

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