January 2021

Dangerous Yorkshire paedophile returned to jail after taking photos of himself in children’s underwear and downloading thousands of vile images

A dangerous paedophile who was caught in possession of thousands of indecent child images and took photographs of himself in children’s underwear has been returned to prison.

Paul Rapson was given an extended prison sentence at Leeds Crown Court after a judge told the 49-year-old he continues to pose a serious danger to children.

Rapson has previously served an extended prison sentence for sexually abusing a young boy and taking indecent photographs of unknown youngsters at Alton Towers and Cannon Hall Farm more than a decade ago

Rapson continued to offend after being released from custody and defied stringent court orders designed to prevent him re-offending

Leeds Crown Court heard police seized computer equipment from Rapson’s parents’ home in Kirkheaton, Huddersfield, in August 2017.

The equipment was analysed and more than 3,000 indecent child images were recovered.

A total of 47 images were at category A – the most serious level of offending.

The court heard more than 100,000 further images were also found but were not examined in line with prosecution guidelines.

Rapson was then released on bail but continued to offend.

More illegal material was found on computer equipment taken from his parents’ home and from his own home in Batley ten months later.

They included images of himself wearing children’s underwear.

Rapson, of Cardigan Close, Batley, pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent photographs of children, one of possessing prohibited images of children and two counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Rapson was previously given an extended prison sentence totalling ten years, imposed in 2009, for sexually abusing a young boy and downloading more than 20,000 indecent images of youngsters from the internet.

At the time he also admitted taking 13 indecent photographs of unknown youngsters in public.

Sentencing Rapson for his latest offences, Judge Simon Phillips QC said: “This was systematic and sustained breaching of the terms of your sexual offences prevention order.

“It was offending on a substantial and technologically sophisticated scale.”

A probation service report assessed Rapson as posing a significant risk of harm “based on a preoccupation with children.”

Judge Philiips imposed an eight-year extended prison sentence.

Rapson must serve a custodial term of three years followed by a further five years on licence.

The defendant was told he will remain on the sex offender register for life

July 2009

Jail term for paedophile Paul Rapson

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.”