July 2011

Paedophile rapist jailed indefinitely

A CHILD RAPIST who preyed on young girls has been jailed indefinitely.

Paul Crowley, 27, raped one girl and sexually assaulted others in the city after targeting his victims through the internet.

The honorary Recorder of Hull and the East Riding Judge Michael Mettyear described Crowley’s offending as “truly horrendous”.

He ruled that Crowley was a danger and posed a significant risk to children.

Hull Crown Court heard Crowley, of Beverley Road, west Hull, preyed on a girl aged 12 and two aged 15.

He raped one girl and then contacted her through Facebook to apologise.

One of his victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “As soon as my head hits the pillow, my mind starts wondering and thinking about what happened.”

Another victim said: “I will never forget what he did. My life will never be the same.”

Crowley pleaded guilty to two rapes, nine counts of sexual activity and one count of attempting to engage in sexual activity with a child.

In a statement read to the court though his barrister Paul Genney, Crowley asked for his victims’ forgiveness.

He said: “I have become somebody I do not recognise any more. I have become a monster.

“My thoughts have been migrating to a way of thinking that is not human. They sicken me to my very core.

“I would like to say sorry to my victims. Please forgive me.”

The honorary Recorder of Hull and the East Riding Judge Michael Mettyear said Crowley had attacked the girls for sexual gratification.

He said: “This is a truly horrendous case.

“Your own letter describes you as a monster and I couldn’t have put it better myself.

“The pre-sentence report assesses you as posing a significant risk of serious harm to children at the present time.

“It is obvious to anyone looking at your pattern of offending that you are an extremely dangerous man to children.”

Crowley has been given a sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection after the judge ruled he was a danger to the public.

He will have to serve a minimum term of six years before he is eligible to apply for parole.

The Parole Board will not release him until it is sure he no longer poses a risk to the public.

Crowley will have to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.