A Pakistani, Sohail Ayaz has been arrested in his home country after allegedly abducting a teenage boy.
The former Save The Children worker who was deported from Britain after pleading guilty to child sex charges 10 years ago was suspected of kidnapping a 13-year-old, drugging him and raping him for four days while filming his assault in Rawalpindi.
Authorities say Ayaz has confessed to raping 30 children in Pakistan and he is suspected of using the ‘dark web’ to circulate child porn images.
The boy’s mother reported the alleged abduction to police and claimed that her son had been taken from her home, according to Dawn.
The paedophile, Ayaz allegedly threatened the boy’s family that he would upload the pornographic videos he had filmed to social media if they went to the police.
Rawalpindi police confirmed today that the suspect was the same man who had once been jailed in Britain.
Ayaz’s sentencing in the UK in 2009 drew widespread attention because he had previously worked for the charity Save The Children.
He was arrested at the charity’s headquarters that year and thousands of child porn images were discovered at his home in Barking, east London.
Some of the images depicted six-month-old babies and others showed ‘distressed’ youngsters being tied up or blindfolded.
He also admitted two counts of possession involving 397 ‘viewable’ indecent pictures of children and another 112 video clips.
Further inquiries discovered the Pakistani national had also abused a young boy in another country.
He forwarded pictures of his assaults on the youngster to a fellow paedophile in Britain, the court heard at the time.
Then aged 35, he pleaded guilty to a series of sexual offences in 2009 and was jailed for four years.
Southwark Crown Court heard he had not had access to vulnerable children through his charity work but may have applied for the job hoping that he would.
“One very disturbing and worrying aspect of this case is that you sought and obtained work at a well-known children’s charity,’ the sentencing judge said at the time.
“Now I have been assured that, in the circumstances of this case, that has not given you access to vulnerable children.
“Nonetheless, there is concern that you were attracted to this work because it may have appeared to you that it would give you access to such children.”
At the time of his conviction in the UK he was also wanted in Italy over an alleged child sex abuse ring in Romania.
He was later convicted there and then deported again by Italian authorities.