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Paedophile police officer found guilty of raping 13-year-old girl

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A police officer has been found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Ian Naude, who was working as a student officer for Cheshire Police at the time of the assault in October 2017, was described during the two-week trial as a "selfish and cruel paedophile."

A jury at Liverpool Crown Court found him guilty of rape and sexual assault, as well as 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.

"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.

– Martin McRobb, Crown Prosecution Service

The court had been told the 30-year-old, who police believe may have more victims who have yet to come forward, had been acting on an "ever increasing interest in young girls" over the past six or seven years.

He started working for the police in April 2017, despite being named as a suspect in a child grooming case in a neighbouring force in the months leading up to his appointment, it has now emerged.

Naude, who previously served in Afghanistan as a machine gunner with the Royal Irish Regiment, was warned by Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone QC he faces a "very significant sentence indeed".

"The defence concede that this is a case which has fairly depicted the defendant as a cold, uncaring, selfish and cruel paedophile who has on occasion stooped as low as coercive and threatening behaviour, including blackmail of young girls, some of whom have been properly characterised as vulnerable."

– Judge Goldstone QC

Naude will be sentenced on December 13.