The criminal associate of a Lancashire rapist behind a paedophile ring that traded images of children has been jailed in the USA for helping him run an online bulletin board.
Roger Loughry Sr, 57, of Baltimore, was jailed for 30 years for advertising and distributing child pornography and for conspiring to do so, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.
Loughry was convicted on all charges after a four-day jury trial in Indianapolis.
Federal prosecutors said Loughry was a co-administrator of the site known as the Cache, which had 1,000 members at its peak, and one of the international online ring’s five top-ranking members.
The group’s ringleader, Delwyn Savigar, now 37, of Queensway, Leyland, continues to serve a 14 year jail sentence imposed by Preston Crown Court in 2010 after admitting charges of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault on three Lancashire girls, dating as far back as 1999.
He was caught out by DNA evidence after being arrested in a worldwide inquiry into the internet group in 2008.
Detectives later found he was the site’s administrator.
US prosecutors, who allege Savigar was the ringleader of the group, were seeking to extradite him in connection with the probe.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven DeBrota said the case is still believed to be the largest child pornography conspiracy ever prosecuted.
More than 50 people have been arrested in several states since the 2008 start of the investigation.
Savigar created a password-protected website from which members could access collections of images, share their fantasies about sex with children and give advice about how to avoid getting caught.