Married couple found guilty of sexually assaulting 13-month-old baby they were babysitting

Michael and Lara Chase took pictures as they sexually abused the baby, Peterborough Crown Court heard

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A married couple have been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-month old baby.

Michael and Lara Chase, 52 and 46, took pictures as they abused the baby, Peterborough Crown Court heard.

Michael Chase pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and possession of extreme and indecent images, while his wife denied the charges.

She told the court they had now separated, and would like to see her husband "hung, drawn and quartered," The Sun reports.

During the trial, Lara insisted she had been unaware of the photographs of her husband and the victim.

Sally Hobson, prosecuting, asked if she had known her husband was taking pictures of the victim with the flash on while all three of them were in the same room.

However, Lara said she only found out about the indecent images in her first police interview.

The jury dismissed her claims and found her guilty of two counts of sexual assault and distribution of the indecent images Michael admitted taking. 

Detective Constable Lloyd Metselaar, from Cambridgeshire Police, said: "I am pleased that the family of the victim in this case have received justice for what can only be described as every parent's worst nightmare.

"The appalling acts committed together by both Mr and Mrs Chase on such a young child, who had been entrusted in their care, demonstrate the most serious breach of trust.

"This case demonstrates the determination and dedication of Cambridgeshire's specially trained officers who will bring to justice anyone involved in targeting the most vulnerable of society."

Michael and Lara Chase will be sentenced on Friday.