May 2016

Paedophile nurse jailed for 18 years for raping schoolgirl

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A paedophile nurse “with no morals” who raped a schoolgirl while helping with her homework was jailed for 18 years.

Peter Reddaway, 52, who works at Old Swan Walk-in centre, denied six counts of rape against the girl, when she was in her mid-teens.

But he was found guilty of a “campaign of rape” 

Liverpool Crown Court heard how the dad-of-three, of Hawksworth Close, Formby , cheated on his wife with a live-in nanny during the same period.

Judge Steven Everett said Reddaway’s victim was right to describe him as a “calculating paedophile” who hid beneath a veneer of respectability.

He said: “You are a man without any moral fibre in reality, hiding behind the façade of caring for the public.

“Sexually at least for some reason you were just simply unable to control your behaviour.”

The jury heard the first rape took place when Reddaway was helping the girl with her homework.

He told the girl he might have a maths book upstairs but pushed her on a bed and raped her, ignoring her pleas to stop.

On one occasion when she was home alone, he let himself into her house, went into her bedroom and raped her again.

Louise McCloskey, prosecuting, said the woman recalled how the rapes were so regular, “they simply became part of her life”.

She said the victim eventually became so complicit she would agree to meet him and they would have sex before he went to work.

Lawyers acting for Reddaway called his ex-wife, Gayle Reddaway, a fellow nurse, to give evidence.

She revealed he had an affair with their live-in nanny, which she only discovered last year.

And she said he also cheated on her with his current wife Carol, leading to the break-up of their marriage in 2000.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court that Reddaway claimed “he couldn’t help it because of his high sex drive”.

She said she was appalled by the fact he had raped her and also slept with the nanny, while his children were in his house in St Helens .

“Peter Reddaway stole from me things that should not be taken. Gifts that humans normally give freely to people they love,” she said.

“I have always felt like I’m a sheet of paper with a blot of ink – a stain that cannot be removed.”

The woman said she had undergone counselling, but Reddaway had “destroyed her ability to trust others for life”.

Peter Killen, defending, said his client had given “great service to the public” through his career in the NHS.

Judge Everett said Reddaway preyed on the fact he was a respected member of the community and his victim was just a girl, “using her like a piece of meat”.

Ordering him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life, the judge added: “You thought she would never be believed. You believed you were almost untouchable in that regard.

“You have shown no remorse at all for what you did. I have no doubt you have no concept of the effect you had on her, which is a strange feature and a strange irony given your so-called caring profession.

“You are that calculating paedophile. You are a man with no morals.”