Rapist facing extradition to US

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A rapist who was caught after investigators discovered he was behind a paedophile ring trading images of children could be extradited to the US.

Delwyn Savigar, 35, of Queensway, Leyland, was jailed for 14 years at Preston Crown Court nearly four weeks ago after admitting 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 - described as the biggest ever crimes-against-children case. Detectives later found he was the site’s administrator.

Now US prosecutors, who allege Savigar was the ringleader of the group, are seeking to extradite him in connection with the probe.

Assistant US Attorney Steven DeBrota. said: “This is the largest crimes-against-children case brought anywhere by anyone.”

US Attorney Tim Morrison said more than 50 people have been arrested in several states since the 2008 start of the investigation. The authorities are now seeking the extradition of several suspects from overseas.

Savigar created and ran a password-protected website from which members could access collections of sexual images - some including as many as a million files - share their fantasies about having sex with children and give advice to each other about how to build their collections and avoid getting caught, according to immigration and postal agencies also took part in the investigation, as well as state and local police.

Prosecutors said 35 ring members had been convicted of various child pornography distribution charges. Some of them had received sentences of up to 20 years in prison.

Besides Indiana and Louisiana, US suspects came from California, Alaska, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia and Florida.