Febuary 2005

Child rapist jailed for 13 years

A PAEDOPHILE who filmed himself raping a teenage girl with learning difficulties has been jailed for 13 years. Former lorry driver William Bowden groomed the girl until she became “totally compliant”.

Bowden was eventually trapped when two other girls he had sexually abused tipped off police and the videos he took of the rapes were discovered after officers raided his home. The police investigation also revealed that 49-year-old Bowden regularly downloaded child porn from the internet and had taken indecent pictures of an unknown girl as young as eight.

Danger He starts his lengthy jail term after one of the country’s top judges at Manchester Crown Court branded him a serious danger. Mr Justice Leveson said: “It is clear you pose a serious risk to the public. You took other photographs of a particular depravity, particularly in relation to the unidentified girl and you must be severely punished.”

Bowden had admitted seven charges of rape involving one girl and also pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting two other girls aged 11 and 14, downloading child pornography and taking indecent photographs of his victims.

Prosecutor Andrew Nuttall said police arrested Bowden at his home in Little Lever, Bolton, after being told of sexual abuse by two girls.