Nursery worker charged with rape


Police enter the Little Stars Nursery in Nechells, Birmingham

A 20-year-old nursery assistant is to appear in court charged with the rape of a child at his workplace, prosecutors have said.

Paul Wilson was arrested at his home in Nechells, Birmingham, in the early hours of Wednesday morning by detectives from West Midlands Police’s public protection department.

Jayne Salt, head of the Crown Prosecution Service West Midlands complex casework unit, said on Thursday: “Having carefully examined all of the available information which was submitted to us by the police, we have decided that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Paul Wilson with two counts of rape in relation to an investigation into the Little Stars Nursery in Nechells, Birmingham.

“He faces two charges of oral rape of a child under 13 years, namely two or three years, on dates between January 1, 2009 and July 30, 2010.

“Paul Wilson will be appearing before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, where an application to remand him in custody will be made by the prosecution.”

A police spokeswoman said an investigation into suspected child abuse at Little Stars Nursery was launched after a computer was seized from Wilson’s home.

He has worked at the nursery for 18 months, police said.

Superintendent Matt Ward, of West Midlands Police, said there was currently no evidence of other children at the nursery being abused.

He said he had spoken to parents of children at the nursery, who were “very angry and very shocked”, adding that police were in the process of contacting the families of children who had previously attended.

The nursery, on Nechells Park Road, has been temporarily closed. A telephone line offering advice and support to parents and guardians has been set up. The number is 0121 675 4806.

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