A notorious British paedophile who is accused of raping and sexually abusing numerous children in Malaysia's impoverished communities, some even as young as six months old, allegedly posed as a volunteer at an orphanage in Bangalore and wanted to take photos and videos of children, according to reports.
In a series of chilling letters published by the Daily Mail, Huckle approached Indian pastor George Fernandes, 37, for a trip to his New Hope for Children Orphanage in June, 2013 after finding the name on Facebook. The unsuspecting pastor allowed Huckle, who introduced himself in the mail as "originally from UK but am studying an IT Degree in Malaysia", to visit New Hope.
(This picture shows an area where British child sex-abuser Richard Huckle roamed the streets taking pictures of children in this predominantly poor Indian community, according to witnesses, in Kuala Lumpur on June 3, 2016. MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASN'T LEFT ALONE WITH THE CHILDREN
"I'm very much interested in visiting your orphanages in Bangalore and Ambur. It would be a great experience for me to visit your orphanages, meet and help the children, and would be more than happy to use my photography and video editing skills to help make some promotional material for your ministry. God bless your ministry and I look forward to hearing back from you," he wrote.
Fernandes even allowed Huckle to stay at his house, but according to the Daily Mail, at no point was he left alone with the children during his two-day stay and he is not believed to have abused any children at the orphanage.
Recalling the visit, Fernandes told the online newspaper Huckle "would not speak much or tell anything about his past. He was very quiet and very different than other western volunteers we had in the past and he would hardly opened up even during dinner at my home. He had very good knowledge of photography and taught us many new thing and we learnt a lot from him but he seemed disoriented and won't look straight into our eyes ever during his short stay."
(This picture shows an area where British child sex-abuser Richard Huckle roamed the streets taking pictures of children in this predomintly poor Indian community, according to witnesses, in Kuala Lumpur on June 3, 2016. MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WANTED TO MARRY UNDERAGE INDIAN GIRL
According to the New Straits Times, Huckle wanted to marry a young Indian girl at a Christian home in Setapak. The online paper quoted an eyewitness as saying that the manager of the home shouted at Huckle, who would always be seen walking around the small village and a Hindu temple, for wanting to marry the girl who was underage at that time.
“The manager said Huckle was a troublemaker. He was volunteering there and had caused many arguments among them (the volunteers and social workers). When I asked why the manager was screaming and cursing at Huckle, he told me that the Englishman wanted to marry one of the Indian girls there. He had asked to marry her many times… I think she may have still been underage at that time,” the eyewitness, named as Siva (not his real name), told NST.
Reuters reported that the 30-year-old freelance photographer had abused numerous Malaysian children while he worked in the country for nearly a decade. Malaysian police said they were seeking details on the man's victims from their British counterparts while the Malaysian government set up a hot line for members of the public to phone if they had information.
Huckle, who was arrested in London when he was returning home for Christmas in 2014, began exploiting children and documenting his activities in 2005 when he first visited Malaysia. His victims were aged between six months and 12 years, according to a British court document.
(British national Richard Huckle is seen after his arrest on multiple charges of sexual abuse of children in an image handed out by Britain's National Crime Agency June 2, 2016. Huckle pleaded guilty to multiple charges of abusing children as young as six months old in Malaysia and will be sentenced on Friday, according to local media.)
WROTE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO ABUSE
Media reports said Huckle had gained the trust of people in Christian-dominated communities in Muslim-majority Malaysia and also lived in churches in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.
He was charged with 91 offences, including 14 counts of rape of a child under 13 years old. His victims included five children aged between 3 and 12 at the time of the abuse, and a baby believed to be six months old, the document said.
He is believed to have abused up to 200 children, the BBC reported. Huckle pleaded guilty to 71 offences. British authorities recovered more than 20,000 indecent images of children from Huckle's computers and cameras after his arrest. Huckle allegedly kept an online blog and penned a 60-page perverts' handbook titled 'Pedophiles & Poverty: Child Lover Guide'.
INDIAN CONVICTED IN UK OF RAPING 6-YEAR-OLD CHILD
In another horrific case, the Indian Express reported that a global hunt is on for an Indian-origin man accused of sexually abusing a six-year-old child in the UK. Vijesh Kooriyil, 29, who fled to India just before his trial was to begin, was convicted of two rapes and sentenced in absentia to 18 years in prison.
Kooriyil had trapped the boy in his bedroom in Oxford in 2010 and 2011 and repeatedly raped him. The report stated that when the boy started to learn about sex at school, he understood what happened to him and felt "ashamed, angry and confused."