Am­bu­lance man­ager is jailed for rap­ing girl, 12, he groomed on­line

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Adrian Crowe

APERVERTED am­bu­lance ser­vice worker jailed for rap­ing a girl of 12 quit his job be­fore he could be sacked, it has emerged.

Adrian Crowe re­signed his role with West Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice four months af­ter he was sus­pended fol­low­ing his ar­rest in June last year.

The ser­vice said it fully sup­ported the eight-year jail term handed down to the 40-year-old, who was shamed by a judge as “ev­ery par­ent’s worst night­mare” last week.

Ex-sol­dier Crowe trav­elled 130 miles from the Mid­lands to Me­ols on the Wir­ral to carry out the at­tack in a field.

Po­lice later found he used a dat­ing chat ser­vice called ‘Anti-chat’ to speak to other un­der-age girls – and asked one if she was “jail­bait”.

Crowe, of Kirk­dale Road, Coven­try, was jailed for eight years, with an ad­di­tional year on li­cence, at Liver­pool Crown Court on Thurs­day.

He was an emergency pre­pared­ness man­ager, re­spon­si­ble for plan­ning med­i­cal cover for ma­jor events.

The am­bu­lance ser­vice said in a state­ment : “West Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice fully sup­ports the tough sen­tence handed down by the court in the case of Adrian Crowe.

“The hor­rific na­ture of the case de­manded noth­ing less, and our thoughts are with the vic­tim and her fam­ily. The brav­ery shown by the vic­tim to gain this con­vic­tion can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

“Mr Crowe was sus­pended on June 9, 2016 fol­low­ing an ar­rest made by po­lice on that day. The trust has co-op­er­ated fully with the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“He sub­se­quently re­signed from his po­si­tion as emergency pre­pared­ness man­ager, a non-clin­i­cal role, whilst still sus­pended on Oc­to­ber 14, 2016.

“The res­ig­na­tion was with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

“Mr Crowe never held the po­si­tion of Gold Com­man­der dur­ing his time of em­ploy­ment at West Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

“The trust al­ways ex­pects the high­est level of care and pro­fes­sion­al­ism from its staff and is ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed that that was not the case on this oc­ca­sion.”

The ex-sol­dier knew ac­cepted his vic­tim was un­der-age when he ar­ranged to meet her on­line.

Judge Alan Con­rad, QC told him: “This case rep­re­sents what must be ev­ery par­ent’s worst night­mare.”

Mar­tine Snow­don, pros­e­cut­ing, said the of­fence took place on June 19 and left the girl feel­ing “guilty, em­bar­rassed and con­fused”.

Po­lice ar­rested Crowe, whose DNA was found on the girl, in a Pizza Hut in Coven­try where he said: “Is this about the girl? She told me she was 20.”

He later ad­mit­ted sex­ual con­tact with the vic­tim.

Crowe was also or­dered to sign the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for life and handed an in­def­i­nite Sex­ual Harm Pre­ven­tion Or­der, se­verely re­strict­ing his in­ter­net use.


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