January 2018

Coventry paedophile’s claim to be a “Gold Commander” for 999 response denied by ambulance service

A West Midlands Ambulance Service manager was described as “every parent’s worst nightmare” as he was jailed for eight years for raping a schoolgirl aged 12.

Ex-soldier Adrian Crowe, 40, knew the victim was under-age when he arranged to meet her online.

He travelled 130 miles from the Midlands to Meols in Wirral, Merseyside, to carry out the attack in a field

Crowe, who has since resigned, had earlier messaged the girl, who thought he was school age.

When she said she would be late for a meeting after school he offered to buy her a strawberry milkshake at McDonald’s.

Police experts later found he had been using a dating chat service called Anti-chat to speak to a number of other underage girls – asking one girl if she was ‘jailbait’.

Crowe, of Kirkdale Road in Coventry, was jailed for eight years, with an additional year on licence, at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday after admitting the rape of a child under 13 and sexual grooming.

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

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

“Their child, their innocent child, going on the internet and meeting somebody like you, who I categorise in the circumstances of this case as a sexual predator.”

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

Messages from her phone revealed she had arranged to meet Crowe, who offered to pick her up.

Ms Snowdon said: “She told police she had received a Facebook friend request from somebody called Adrian, and after chatting to that person he asked for her number, she gave it to him and they began texting each other.

“She said the profile didn’t have a picture and she thought she was chatting with a schoolmate.”

The court heard that Crowe raped the girl he drove her back to where he had picked her up after the attack and told her “not to tell anyone”.

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 and claimed he was “so embarrassed” when he found out her real age.

But messages to other girls on the Anti-chat site included: “Are you legal or jailbait?”

When told one girl was 15 he asked: “Would you be OK doing it with me?”

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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