The NSPCC lead expert on tackling child sexual abuse, Jon Brown has said his organisation are "appalled" that Northumbria Police paid a convicted child rapist to 'watch sex parties' as part of their investigation into the sexual abuse and exploitation of vulnerable women and girls in the West End of Newcastle.
The man, known only as XY, was recruited despite being a sex offender who had drugged an under-age girl and invited another man to rape her after he had done so, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
18 people were convicted of the abuse and exploitation of young girls in Newcastle as part of Operation Shelter.
Some of the vulnerable and women were sexually abused after being supplied with drugs and alcohol.
"We are appalled to learn that police paid a child rapist and planted him in the midst of vulnerable young girls. You just couldn't make it up.
It beggars belief that it would ever have been considered, let alone approved, and serious questions must be asked about the force's approach to child sexual exploitation operations.
However good the force's intentions, their misguided actions run entirely counter to all current child protection procedures and what we know about sex offenders and could have compromised this investigation.
What we mustn't forget in all this is the victims who were preyed on by a series of despicable men for their own sexual gratification. It is right that these men are now behind bars."
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