A NURSERY worker raped a toddler he was looking after and lured more than 20 teenage girls into sexual traps on the internet using a web of false identities.
Paul Wilson (20) used his position as a carer at Little Stars nursery in Nechells, Birmingham, to abuse the girl, who was two or three years old, and filmed the attacks on his mobile phone.
He also built up a library of hundreds of photographs and videos of teenage girls in sexual poses. He met them through chat rooms and social-networking sites.
Wilson's abuse came to light in January when one of his victims complained to police that he was trying to blackmail her into performing more sexual acts for him.
When officers raided his flat in Birmingham they found footage of the toddler's rape and a catalogue of online abuse of girls in their early teens on a computer in his bedroom.
Yesterday at Birmingham Crown Court, Wilson pleaded guilty to 47 separate sexual charges. They included two counts of rape of a young girl and dozens of inciting children to engage in sexual activity, as well as making and distributing child pornography. He denies a further three counts of sexual activity with a child.
The case has raised fresh questions about the vetting of care workers. Wilson's abuse bears similarities to that of Vanessa George, a former nursery worker from Plymouth who was jailed in 2009 for abusing toddlers and taking photographs at a nursery.
An inspection by the state regulator Ofsted at the nursery where Wilson worked just five weeks before his arrest concluded that it offered a "safe and secure" environment for children with "appropriate recruiting and vetting procedures" for all staff.
A second inspection as a result of his arrest found that there had in fact been a string of failings in the areas of "safeguarding and welfare".
Stacey Spooner, the manager of the nursery, said yesterday that there had been an overhaul and that they had "rebuilt" trust with parents.
Police who examined Wilson's computer found that he had created 23 separate false identities for himself on social-networking sites.
Listing himself as a fan of films such as 'High School Musical', he posed as both girls and boys and even as a talent scout for a modelling agency.
He befriended 22 girls across the country, all aged between 12 and 16. Using what police called his "fictional community", he enticed them into performing lewd acts over web cameras.
Wilson trapped them into continuing to perform for him by threatening to circulate the footage to his victims' friends and families. He also circulated almost 900 images of his victims on the internet, according to his own admissions.
Speaking anonymously, one of his victims said she felt "pure hatred" for Wilson.
"I felt violated. It just betrayed all my trust," she said. "I felt quite stupid and ashamed that I had succumbed to what he had asked me to do."
Judge William Davis told Wilson he was likely to face an indeterminate sentence.
A spokesman for Ofsted said: "Inspection can only ever provide a snapshot of a nursery on the day of inspection.
"It is the nursery's responsibility to ensure it takes the necessary action to keep children safe." (© Daily Telegraph, London)