Jail term for paedophile Paul Rapson
Jul 29 2009 By Huddersfield Examiner
AN evil pervert who preyed on youngsters has been locked up for four years.
And Paul Ashley Rapson will also spend a further six years on licence, after being convicted of sex crimes against a young boy.
The 37-year-old paedophile, of Kirkheaton, was sentenced to four years imprisonment with an extended licence period of six years to follow his release.
He was also subject to a sexual offenders protection order for life which places certain restrictions on him once he is to be released.
And he has been placed on the sex offenders register for life.
Rapson sexually abused a young boy and downloaded more than 20,000 indecent images of youngsters from the internet.
Rapson, of Moorside Road, pleaded guilty to a series of offences when he appeared in May.
He admitted taking 13 indecent photographs of unknown youngsters in public between January 2003 and July last year.
He had also admitted three charges of sexual assault on a boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, and taking indecent photographs of the youngster.
The court was told investigations behind one allegation revealed that he had 20,579 pictures in his possession on November 13 last year.
Det Con Joel Clayton, of the Elland-based Child and Public Protection Unit, said: "We are fully committed to the safeguarding of children and we will aim to prosecute any individuals who commit offences against the physical, mental or emotional well being of a child.
"This investigation has been conducted alongside our partner agencies which have assisted in this successful prosecution.
"Our officers were able to identify a vulnerable victim from the suspect’s computer and within hours, the child’s safety was secured and the suspect was arrested.
"The detailed investigation into this case underlines the professional approach and hard work carried out by a dedicated team of detectives within the Child and Public Protection Unit (CPPU).
"Officers were meticulous in analysing the internet activity of this man which has resulted in the sentence imposed by the Court.
"CPPU Officers not only react to incidents, but are always proactive in tracking down those who involve themselves in such offences.
"Hopefully, this outcome will send a clear message to others that they will be caught out and they will be dealt with."