Security guard who paid child for sex jailed

|News, Sexual offences

A 40-year-old man who paid a 13-year-old girl for sex has been jailed for four years.

Daniel Ilea, of Meriden, Coventry, pleaded guilty to paying for the sexual services of a child at his pre-trial hearing on 28 February 2020 at Birmingham Crown Court. He was sentenced at the same court yesterday (12 May 2020) and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

On 21 January 2020, Ilea, who worked as a security guard at Touchwood shopping centre in Solihull, befriended the vulnerable 13-year-old girl who had run away from home. Instead of providing assistance to the girl, he then paid her £50 for sex which occurred at the shopping centre.

The offence was discovered when the girl’s mother read about it in her child’s diary and notified the police.

Ilea was arrested at the Port of Dover trying to flee the country with his wife and child after he became aware of the police investigation.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place as he had a baton and knuckleduster in his car when he was arrested.

Virinder Bains, of the CPS, said: “Daniel Ilea, as a security guard, should have been safeguarding the vulnerable victim but instead he exploited her for his own selfish gain. He is now serving a prison sentence and will be registered as a sex offender for life with an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.”

Notes to editors

  • Virinder Bains is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands
  • Sentencing details for Daniel Ilea (DOB: 14 Aug 1979):
    • Paying for the sexual services of a child, contrary to section 47(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 - 45 months' imprisonment
    • Possession of an offensive weapon - 3 months, consecutive
    • Possession of an offensive weapon - 3 months, concurrent.

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