Former Cheshire police officer found guilty of raping 13-year-old girl and grooming others

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A former Cheshire police officer has been found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl and targeting and abusing many other vulnerable young girls while he was working in the force.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Ian Naude’s offending came to light after he raped the 13-year-old daughter of a woman who had called the police to an incident at her home.

Naude attended with another officer and made a note of the contact details of the woman’s daughter. Over the next three days, he flattered and groomed the young girl via social media and then invited her to go for a drive with him in his car.

He drove her to a secluded spot then raped her and filmed the incident on his mobile phone. He even took a “selfie” on his phone of himself smirking after the attack.

The young girl found the courage to tell her family and an investigation began that revealed the serving police officer was a committed, predatory paedophile.

On 15 November 2018 at Liverpool Crown Court, a jury returned guilty verdicts on seven counts of sexual offences against a child, including rape.

Naude had earlier pleaded guilty to 31 offences, including sexual communication with a child, enciting a child to sexual activity and indecent images.

He will be sentenced for all these offences on 13 December  2018.

Martin McRobb of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Ian Naude claimed his victim had consented to sex. But the disturbing video of the incident on his phone did not show the face of a consenting woman. It showed the face of a sad, scared and abused 13-year-old girl.

“She had been groomed by a police officer who had a history of manipulating, pressurising and blackmailing young girls into performing sexual acts for his perverted pleasure.

“Ian Naude thought he could get away with it but, thankfully, his victim found the courage to tell her family what had happened. The investigation that followed revealed Naude to be a persistent paedophile who had been targeting young girls on the internet for a long time. He had joined the police to gain greater access to vulnerable young girls he could exploit.”

The court heard that expert work by the Police unearthed key evidence on mobile phones and other devices that Ian Naude had tried to hide when he got wind that he was being investigated.

Naude continually contacted vulnerable underage girls via the internet, often at the same time, gaining their trust by claiming to be a 15-year-old boy.

He would prey on their vulnerabilities to get them to undress and perform sexual acts in front of a camera. He, in turn, would send them explicit pictures and videos of himself.

Martin McRobb said: “Naude calculated that his victims would be too embarrassed, ashamed or confused to report him. When the extent of his offending came to light, he admitted some of the sexual offences but maintained that he never tried to meet the girls he talked to online and insisted that the 13-year-old he had sex with in his car had consented. The Crown Prosecution dismissed these assertions as deliberate lies and the jury have agreed.

“There were no limits to Ian Naude’s depravity. The Crown Prosecution Service would like to thank all the victims and their families in this case for their help in bringing him to justice.

“In particular, I would like to pay tribute to the 13-year-old girl who was raped and sexually abused by Ian Naude while he was a serving police officer.

"Without her courage and assistance, an investigation into Ian Naude's activity may never have begun. He might still be a serving police officer, in which case, he would undoubtedly still be offending against young girls.

“This particular young girl has saved many others from suffering the same fate and the trauma of sexual abuse. She deserves our appreciation and respect.

“Thanks to the courage of his victims and their families, the work of the investigating officers and the Crown Prosecution Service, he now faces a long prison term where he can no longer pose a risk to young girls. The CPS would also like to thank the jury for their work in what has been a very disturbing case.”

Ian Naude will be sentenced on 13 December 2018.

Notes to editors

  • Martin McRobb is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS Mersey-Cheshire Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Unit

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