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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Carer raped toddler at nursery and filmed abuse on his mobile

A paedophile nursery worker who raped a toddler in his care and built up an online "community" to incite the sexual abuse of young girls is to be jailed for life.

Paul Anthony Wilson (20) was told he would "almost inevitably" receive an indeterminate jail term when he is sentenced by a High Court judge in the UK next month.

After the nursery assistant pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and 45 charges relating to the grooming of more than 20 girls, police confirmed that he had used a mobile phone to record the abuse of the toddler.

Officers said the two recordings were seized in January when Wilson was arrested for blackmailing a teenage girl into performing sex acts via a webcam.

Detectives admit they were shocked at the level of depravity of images found on the phone and computers used by Wilson, who even posed as a model agency scout to befriend some of his victims.

The rapist, who worked at the Little Stars Nursery in Nechells, Birmingham, for around 18 months, is known to have abused the toddler at his workplace, although there is no evidence that further offences took place there.



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The paedophile, who had no previous convictions, was arrested at 5.20am on Wednesday January 5 this year by officers investigating a single allegation relating to online grooming.

But as detectives investigated the offence, examination of computer equipment and mobile phones recovered from the suspect's bedroom uncovered a haul of indecent images and recordings of the toddler.

Inquiries then found that the child had previously attended the nursery where Wilson worked and that the offences happened within the nursery itself.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Booth, who led the police inquiry, said : "This was a complex case in which Paul Wilson created multiple online identities to manipulate and coerce teenage girls across the country to behave in an inappropriate way.

"Over a period of time, Wilson formed online relationships with his victims with the sole aim of using them to satisfy his perversions.

"Our thoughts remain with those victims and their families who have suffered at Wilson's hands."

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