UK nursery rapist facing a life in jail
Published 09/06/2011 | 05:00
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 was yesterday warned to expect a life sentence.
Paul Anthony Wilson (20) was told he would "almost inevitably" receive an indeterminate jail term when he was sentenced by a High Court judge in England 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 that they were shocked at the depravity of images found on the phone and computers used by Wilson, who even posed as a model agency scout in order 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.
The child was two or three years of age at the time.
Wilson, who had no previous convictions, was arrested in January 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 his bedroom uncovered a haul of indecent images and the recordings of the toddler.
They then found that the child had attended the nursery where Wilson worked and that the offences happened within the nursery itself.
It is known that Wilson adopted at least 23 false profiles to coerce and pressure his online victims into performing sexual acts via webcams.
It is understood that he also posed as teenagers of both sexes in order to gain the confidence of those he met on social-networking sites and the MSN messaging service.
Wilson, of Newbold Croft, Nechells, Birmingham, was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on July 27.
He is the second nursery worker to be convicted of child sex attacks in recent years.
Vanessa George is serving an indeterminate jail term after sparking nationwide outrage for abusing toddlers and taking photos at Little Ted's nursery, in Plymouth.
George, formerly of Douglass Road, Efford, Plymouth, was groomed as part of a major paedophile gang, along with three other women, by IT consultant Colin Blanchard.
Blanchard, formerly of Yea Fold, Rochdale, was told by a judge he may never leave jail for his "deep-rooted and long-standing" sexual abuses.