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