A paedophile has been jailed after a police investigation revealed he’d abused a young girl and amassed a catalogue of up to 60,000 indecent child images.
Officers raided the home of Paul Piper in Monyhull Hall Road on 12 July last year and found the stash of shocking digital photographs, plus indecent videos of youngsters, stored on a hard-drive.
Examination of his phone also uncovered WhatsApp exchanges with a woman in which he spoke of sexually assaulting a young girl – and in one message he promised to send her images if he could get the youngster to “reveal some flesh”.
Detectives identified the victim, a girl of junior school age, and while speaking to specially trained Public Protection officers she disclosed how Piper had sexually assaulted her after taking down her leggings.
The brave youngster also drew an image for officers which resembled a sex toy recovered from a bedside table in Piper’s room that he used during the assaults.
The 53-year-old admitted downloading and distributing indecent images – saying he was “bored” and stumbled across them while surfing the net – but initially denied two counts of sexual assault.
However, he went on to admit all the charges and at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday 6 October he was jailed for five years and three months; he was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Ian Russell from West Midlands Police’s Child Protection Unit, said: “Our proactive online enquiries identified Piper as someone who had been downloading indecent child images – but it was shocking to find the extent of his image library when we forensically examined his media storage devices.
“Examination of his phone then revealed damning social media messages and enabled us to trace a young girl who’d been abused by Piper.
“We have officers in our Public Protection Unit that are specially trained in speaking to young victims and witnesses, not in interview rooms but in more relaxed settings, and they were able to secure disclosures from the girl detailing his offending.
“I’d like to thank the girl and her parents for being so supportive throughout the enquiry and whose evidence has helped us convict a dangerous paedophile.”
More information on child sexual abuse – including support for victims and how to report suspected offenders – can be found on the West Midlands Police website.