ACCUSED PC DENIES RAPE
Officer claims girl, 13, ‘said she loved me’
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.