A 38-year-old Colombian man was arrested in Venezuela and is facing charges for allegedly raping more than 274 children between the years of 2008 and 2011.
Juan Carlos Sanchez was found after a police hunt of nearly seven years. The offender has allegedly raped children between the ages of 14 months and 14 years old, reports Colombian Spanish-language magazine Semana. The publication has labeled Sanchez “one of the worst criminals in the history of Colombia and possibly the world.”
General Jorge Vargas of the National Police revealed that Sanchez is responsible for “more than 274 abuses of boys, girls and teenagers,” but Semana puts the number of victims from various countries and locations at more than 500, according to new information obtained by investigators.
Compounding the ugliness of the rape accusations, Sanchez, who worked in the tech industry, allegedly recorded himself sexually abusing children and sold the footage to a network of pedophiles, where he allegedly called himself the “Big Bad Wolf.” Videos of the rapes were sold online for anywhere between $100 and $400 a pop.
Authorities had been tracking the accused since 2005, but were only able to gather sufficient evidence to make an arrest years later.
Sanchez lured victims into his house with video games. Once there, he allegedly offered them money to take nude photos, which eventually led to sexual abuse, as well as the filming of his crimes.
This is not the first time Colombia has been shaken by a serial child abuser. In the ’80s and ’90s, a man named Luis Alfredo Garavito ruthlessly assaulted and murdered more than 170 minors.
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