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SA man 'not sorry' for child sex abuse

An Adelaide man who sexually abused babies and boys in Australia and overseas has shown no remorse for his depraved offending, a court has heard.

Ruecha Tokputza, 31, pleaded guilty to 50 charges after he abused at least 13 children over more than six years leading up to his 2018 arrest.

He groomed Australian and Thai children for sex, filmed their abuse and shared it online.

The District Court heard on Friday the offending was particularly serious because it breached trust, was committed over a long time and some of the victims were very young.

"It's hard to think of more serious offending," crown prosecutor Heath Barklay said.

"The sexual exploitation of all these children, over all of these years... is, in many ways, simply breathtaking."

Mr Barklay said Tokputza has shown no remorse or insight into his crimes, and at one point said he thought his young victims were happy.

All of the children preyed upon by Tokputza were boys aged under 16, with at least one child not yet two years old.

Defence counsel Craig Caldicott said his client was aware a hefty jail term will be imposed, but asked Judge Liesl Chapman to fix a sentence that was not "crushing".

Mr Caldicott said Tokputza had experienced a terrible upbringing which explained but did not excuse his offending.

He said acknowledged his client was at moderate risk of re-offending and would need treatment while behind bars.

"He clearly fits the description of a pedophile," he said.

Tokputza was arrested following a joint investigation by Australian Federal Police, SA Police, NSW Police and Interpol.

His charges include sexual intercourse with a person under 14, aggravated assault, engaging in sexual activity with a child outside Australia and transmitting child exploitation material.

Judge Chapman said the only case that could be compared to Tokputza's was that of notorious Families SA pedophile Shannon McCoole.

McCoole was in 2015 sentenced to 35 years in jail -- with a non-parole period of 28 years -- for sexually abusing babies and young children in state care.

His non-parole period was last year reduced by two years, after he cooperated with Danish authorities in their prosecution of a pedophile.

Judge Chapman remanded Tokputza in custody ahead of a sentencing date next month.

© AAP 2019