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Cheshire Police failed to spot paedophile PC's 'predatory behaviour'

A police officer convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl was investigated for alleged sex offences as prepared to join Cheshire Police, its chief constable has admitted.

Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick
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Janette McCormick, the acting Cheshire chief constable, said the force missed an opportunity to spot Ian Naude's predatory behaviour.

Ms McCormick said there were "offences he committed which didn't come to light" in the vetting process.

Naude, 30, was checked before joining Cheshire Police in late 2016 but his recruitment was delayed while Staffordshire force investigated a rape allegation in January 2017.

When no further action was taken, Naude took up his position in the April. Seven months later, he had groomed, assaulted and raped a young girl.

Ian Naude
Cheshire Police

As his conduct came under scrutiny, it emerged he was also named as a suspect in a further report to Staffordshire Police for sexual activity with a child in January 2017.

Another force, West Mercia, had also received an allegation he was persistently asking a girl on social media to meet him the same month.

Ian Naude: Paedophile police officer met victim on duty

A paedophile police officer convicted of raping a young girl met his victim on duty, a court was told.

Ian Naude
Cheshire Police

PC Ian Naude, 30, was an officer with Cheshire Constabulary when he visited the girl's house over a domestic incident in October 2017 Liverpool Crown Court heard.

After looking her up on social media, he used a fake identity to exchange sexual messages and photos with her, before returning to her home three days later.

He picked her up while her mother was out and drove her to a country lane where he attacked her.

Naude's fake social media accounts
Cheshire Police
Naude created fake profiles on social media

Naude deleted more than 750 photos from his phone after an "administrative error" meant he had been copied into emails relating to the police investigation into his conduct.

He also concealed other devices including a second phone and a laptop in a field in Market Drayton, where he lived.

Cheshire Constabulary said this "frustrated" and "set back" the investigation.

PC convicted of raping 13-year-old girl

A Cheshire police officer described as a "committed paedophile" has been convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl.

Ian Naude
Cheshire Police

PC Ian Naude, 30, joined Cheshire Constabulary "to gain the keys to a sweetshop" through access to potential victims, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

The rape, which took place in his car, was filmed on his mobile phone. Footage of the attack was played to the jury.

It has emerged Naude was already being investigated for sex offences when he became a student officer in April 2017.

Naude, of Market Drayton in Shropshire, was also found guilty of 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.

The father of one, originally from South Africa, previously admitted 31 offences relating to grooming underage girls via a fake Facebook and Snapchat profile.

Cheshire PC convicted of raping 13-year-old girl

A police officer described as a "committed paedophile" has been found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl in the back of his car.

PC Ian Naude, 30, joined Cheshire Constabulary "to gain the keys to a sweetshop" and meet his victims, his trial heard.

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Paedophile PC suspected of offences before police job

A "committed paedophile" police officer was named as a suspect in three sex cases before he was appointed by Cheshire Police, it has been revealed.

The force said it was discovered in the recruitment process that there was an allegation Ian Naude, who is 30 and from Market Drayton, had raped a woman.

It said the recruitment process was put on hold, but resumed when no further action was taken.

Ian Naude
Cheshire Police

Later when the police began to investigate Naude following his arrest, they found he had also been a named suspect in two child grooming allegations, reported to Staffordshire Police and West Mercia Police in January and February 2017.

But an investigation by the Independent Office of Police Conduct into the vetting process and employment of Naude found there was no case to answer for misconduct for any individual officer.

Naude was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl and a number of other sexual offences earlier today.

In light of this case, the constabulary has looked long and hard at its own recruitment and screening programme for new recruits to see whether this type of incident can be avoided in the future."

Acting chief constable Janette McCormickCheshire Police

Officer told to expect lengthy sentence for girl's rape

A Cheshire Police officer has been told by a judge to "prepare for a very significant sentence indeed" after being found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl.

Ian Naude, who is 30 and from Market Drayton, was also found guilty by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court of four counts of attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence and one count of arranging the commission of a child sex offence in relation to five other complainants aged between 12 and 15.

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He had already admitted 30 other offences, including inciting children to engage in sexual activity, causing children to watch sexual acts and misconduct in a public office.

The case was adjourned to 13 December for a pre-sentence report.