Of­fi­cer claims girl, 13, ‘said she loved me’

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A PO­LICE of­fi­cer ac­cused of rap­ing a 13-year-old girl in the back seat of his car told ju­rors: “She seemed to be en­joy­ing it”.

Dad-of-one Ian Naude picked the girl up from her home while her mother was out and drove her to a quiet coun­try lane, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

The 30-year-old told her to ‘call me daddy’ be­cause, Naude told the jury: “It was just a turn on. It got me ex­cited.”

They got in the back seat of his car and had sex, with Cheshire Po­lice PC Naude tak­ing pho­tos and videos on his phone.

Naude has ad­mit­ted 31 of­fences re­lat­ing to groom­ing young girls by ex­chang­ing sex­ual mes­sages and im­ages through a fake per­sona he in­vented on Face­book.

And he ad­mits a charge of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child for the one girl he did meet in per­son, the 13-year-old.

But he main­tains she had con­sented to sex and de­nies rape and sex­ual as­sault.

Naude had been called to her house over a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent in Oc­to­ber 2017. Af­ter­wards, his su­per­vi­sor warned him the girl had been ‘flirty’, but he then looked her up on Face­book.

Three days later, af­ter ex­chang­ing sex­ual im­ages and mes­sages, he took her out in his car, the jury heard.

Naude, of Mar­ket Dray­ton, said: “I had one hand free and was us­ing that to take pho­tos and videos as we were mak­ing out.

“She seemed to be en­joy­ing it. She had her arms around me and she told me she loved me.”

He dropped her near her home then went into Crewe Po­lice Sta­tion and sent her a selfie ask­ing if she had had a good time, the court heard.

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, started af­ter the teenager re­ported the al­leged as­sault to her fam­ily, dis­cov­ered it was the ‘tip of the ice­berg’.

Po­lice dis­cov­ered he had tar­geted other girls by pos­ing as a 15-year-old boy called Jake Green on Face­book.

But Naude de­nied he joined the po­lice in April 2017 af­ter leav­ing the Army ‘to gain the keys to a sweet­shop’ by meet­ing vul­ner­a­ble girls through his job.

“I joined be­cause I wanted to help peo­ple. I wanted to make a dif­fer­ence,” he told the court.

As well as deny­ing rape and sex­ual as­sault, Naude de­nies four charges of at­tempt­ing to ar­range the com­mis­sion of a child sex of­fence and one charge of ar­rang­ing a child sex of­fence, re­lat­ing to five com­plainants aged be­tween 12 and 15.

He told the jury mak­ing ar­range­ments to meet was just part of his ‘fan­tasy’, and he never in­tended to ac­tu­ally meet the girls.

Naude has pleaded guilty to two counts of en­gag­ing in sex­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tion with a child, 14 counts of in­cit­ing a child to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, one count of tak­ing in­de­cent pho­tos of a child, four counts of mak­ing in­de­cent pho­tos of a child, six counts of caus­ing a child to watch a sex­ual act, two counts of mis­con­duct in a pub­lic of­fice and one count of pos­sess­ing in­de­cent pho­tos of a child.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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