Model and ex-teacher, 48, is sentenced to life in prison for raping schoolgirl 15 years ago – five years after he was jailed for sex attack on another girl aged just 12
- Paul Waites preyed on underage girls in a ‘campaign of rape and sexual abuse’
- The ex-teacher was found guilty of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl in 2005
- Waites was handed a life sentence following a trial at Leeds Crown Court
- Judge said Waites ‘cynically groomed and exploited vulnerable girl before rape’
A depraved model and former teacher has been handed a life sentence for raping a schoolgirl 15 years ago.
Paul Waites, now 48, preyed on underage girls in a ‘campaign of rape and sexual abuse’ in the mid-2000s, a court heard.
Following a trial at Leeds Crown Court the abuser was found guilty of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl in 2005.
It is the third time the former teacher has been convicted of serious sex offences, having been given an 11-year-old sentence in 2015 for sexually abusing and raping a 12-year-old girl he groomed online.
A judge who sentenced Waites on Friday said he may never be released from prison due to the serious danger he poses to young girls.
Jurors heard Waites, from Leeds, was in his early 30s when he committed the offence.
Waites managed to gain the trust of one girl after telling her he was a model and used her to get access to her friends.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was one of the girl’s friends, the court heard.
Paul Waites, now 48, preyed on underage girls in a ‘campaign of rape and sexual abuse’ in the mid-2000s, a court heard. Following a trial at Leeds Crown Court the abuser was found guilty of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl in 2005
She described how Waites at first came across as ‘really nice, genuine, lovely, thoughtful, caring and romantic.’
They exchanging messages online for months before arranging to meet, the court heard.
On one occasion Waites picked the girl up outside her school and drove her to his flat in Leeds, where he raped her.
The court heard the victim was crying and pain during the attack.
She asked him to stop but he carried on with the abuse before driving her home, the court heard. The girl did not tell anyone about her ordeal and the incident ‘for many, many years.’
She told the court how Waites’ attack had taken its toll on her life and resulted in the breakdown of her marriage and for her inability to trust people.
The woman said: ‘I was a happy, confident girl before that day but it all changed overnight. I didn’t trust in people any more, and would second guess a person’s intentions if they wanted to spend time with me.
It is the third time the former teacher has been convicted of serious sex offences, having been given an 11-year-old sentence in 2015 for sexually abusing and raping a 12-year-old girl
‘The images of what Paul Waites did are seared into my brain forever. I do wonder what I would be like now had I never travelled to Leeds that day.
‘Would I be happier now? Would I not be on medication for depression and anxiety? I will never know.’
‘Coming forward to the police and reporting this crime has come at great personal cost to me and my children.
‘It has taken three years to get my voice heard in court, and during that time my life has been turned upside down once again when my marriage collapsed.
‘I believe that had I reported this to someone when I was a child then I could go back in time and talk to my 14-year-old self and hug her, tell her that it wasn’t her fault, support her to report it to the police. But I can’t.’
She added: ‘Hopefully the conviction will shine a light on this evil predatory paedophile and help his other victims to find the strength to come forward.’
Waites was initially arrested for possessing 600 indecent images of children after being caught in an online police sting.
Officers then found videos on his mobile phone of him having sex with four girls aged 13 to 15 who have never been identified.
The victim of the 2005 rape finally broke her silence and contacted police after reading media coverage of Waites’ rape conviction and sentence.
Judge Tom Bayliss QC, sentencing, told Waites he regarded him as a ‘highly dangerous man’.
He said: ‘You showed an alarming lack of insight. You said in evidence that you were not sexually attracted to young girls.
‘Nothing could be further from the truth. You were, Mr Waites, a highly manipulative and predatory paedophile.’
Detective Inspector Vicky Alexander said: ‘Waites cynically groomed and exploited a vulnerable young girl before luring her to his flat in Leeds and subjecting her to a violent rape.
‘He is a sexual predator whose pattern of offending has shown him to be a significant danger to young girls.
‘We hope the victim can take some comfort from knowing that he has now had to answer for his actions, and we hope that the wider community will be reassured.’
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