Police officer ‘intent on taking virginity of younger ladies’, court docket advised – Eire

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Jurors in the trial of a police officer accused of rape have watched footage of him allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Ian Naude, of Market Drayton in Shropshire, could be heard asking the complainant “how old are you?” in the clip, filmed on his mobile phone.

He was also heard saying “show daddy your tits” in the short clip which was played as his trial opened at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday.

Naude, wearing a grey suit and burgundy tie, put on his glasses to watch the clips from the dock.

The 30-year-old, a constable with Cheshire Police, denies rape and sexual assault but admits sexual intercourse and activity which he claims was consensual.

Owen Edwards, prosecuting, said the two brief videos showed Naude’s car, his reflection in the mirror and the face of the complainant.

He said: “It is not the face of a consenting woman. It is the face of a sad, scared and abused 13-year-old girl.”

The court heard Naude had met the girl when he was called to a domestic incident at her address in October 2017.

He then messaged her via Facebook and Snapchat and three days later picked her up in his car and took her to a quiet spot where he allegedly raped and sexually assaulted her, jurors heard.

The court heard a police investigation, started after the teenager reported the alleged assault to her family, discovered it was the “tip of the iceberg” of Naude’s offending.

“Naude is a committed paedophile who had been targeting young girls on the internet for a considerable period,” Mr Edwards said.

“Shockingly it emerged that he had joined the police with the intention of exploiting the access he would gain to vulnerable young girls.

“In essence, he was hoping to gain the keys to a sweetshop.”

He said Naude was “obsessed” with taking the virginity of teenage girls and would make them call him “daddy”.

The Pc, who has admitted a number of other child sex offences, would gain the trust of young girls by posing as a 15-year-old boy called Jake Green.

He also had an account under the name of Bruce Ian Wayne, an apparent reference to superhero Batman, and a Snapchat account named King Of The North.

He would persuade his victims to undress and sometimes perform sexual acts on camera before sending them pictures and video of himself masturbating, the court heard.

Mr Edwards said: “The pattern of behaviour which emerges from the evidence of each of his young victims leaves not a shadow of a doubt that Ian Naude was intent upon a campaign in which the prize was taking the virginity of young girls.”

The court heard he was identified as a suspect in a Staffordshire case in January 2017 when a girl had sexual conversations with an older man online but was not investigated and arrested and just months later, in April that year, joined Cheshire Police.

Mr Edwards said: “Undoubtedly an opportunity was missed since in this period Ian Naude left the British Army and joined the Cheshire Police as a probationary constable.”

As well as denying rape and sexual assault, Naude denies four charges of attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence and one charge of arranging a child sex offence, relating to five complainants aged between 12 and 15.

Mr Edwards told the jury: “His defence is that there were limits to his depravity, you will have to decide where the truth lies.”

Naude has pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in sexual communication with a child, 14 counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, one count of taking indecent photos of a child, four counts of making indecent photos of a child, six counts of causing a child to watch a sexual act, two counts of misconduct in a public office and one count of possessing indecent photos of a child.

The trial was adjourned until Thursday.

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