A UK pedophile who allegedly “sexually molested” 36 children as young as FOUR was finally arrested after avoiding UK prison for child abuse photos.
The offender, Ben Lewis, emigrated to Spain with a new British passport less than four months after he was given a two-year suspended sentence.
He was spared jail in June 2016 despite admitting to making an indecent film about a nine-year-old girl he was tutoring for.
That day he had told St Albans Crown Court that he wanted to get married and have children and had been allowed to lead the next chapter of his life.
However, in the last month it emerged that the 31-year-old was languishing in prison near Madrid, where he is awaiting trial after allegedly relapsing while working as an au pair and school teacher.
Among the charges, he is said to have sexually abused 36 children between the ages of four and eight at the Madrid school in a new series of horrific crimes.
Police and prosecution sources confirmed that he was already being held on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography material and now have revealed that he had also allegedly sexually abused children in his care.
In their first official comments on the case, the Spanish National Police said: “The National Police arrested a dangerous sexual predator in Madrid who allegedly used his teaching position to mistreat children.
“Thirty-six victims have been identified, all girls between the ages of four and eight.”
Although they did not name the arrested British man, they told reporters that he occasionally worked as a babysitter and had previously seen indecent material.
He was arrested after police in Australia detected the distribution of child pornography on the dark web and suspected the perpetrator might be in Spain.
A spokesperson said: “After receiving the material, the National Police began the arduous task of identifying the places where the material could have been generated.
“The officers concluded that one of the places where much of the pedophile material could have been recorded could be an educational center in Madrid, as the victims appeared to be pupils from an elementary school.”
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The arrest took place on June 24 last year and now the horrifying details of how he would behave during his time as an au pair in Madrid have been filed against him.
The investigation is still ongoing.