January 2009

Paedophile jailed for grooming Derby girls for sex

Paul Round – Nuneaton

A PAEDOPHILE who has been jailed for having sex with two Derby teenagers was in contact with other girls in the city, say police.

Paul Round, who met the girls on the social networking website Faceparty and eventually paid them to have sex with him, was yesterday sentenced to four years in prison.

After the hearing at Derby Crown Court, police said the 47-year-old, of Nuneaton, was a dangerous man.

Detective Constable Richard Taylor, an investigating officer on the case, said: “In my 24 years with the police, Mr Round is one of the most manipulative and calculating offenders that I have dealt with. He knew what he was doing.

“We found evidence that he was in contact with other girls in Derby and other counties.

“He encouraged these two girls to bring their friends along when he met up with them.”

Mark Van Der Zwart, prosecuting, told the court that Round knew the girls were 15 before he arranged to meet them outside a Derby leisure centre.

He said the girls told police that they had met Round about eight times, when he gave them money and the alcoholic drink Malibu.

The court was told that on one occasion he had paid them £20 each to perform a sexual act on him. He had also shown them pornographic magazines and asked them to strip. On another occasion he paid each girl £120 for sex.

One of the girls told the police it was the first time she had had sexual intercourse.

Derbyshire police discovered Round and his activities while investigating another case involving communication on Faceparty.

Round’s username was Lovely Chap and he claimed he was in his late 30s.

Police arrested Round at his home in November 2006. For various reasons, including Round being involved in a serious road accident in March 2007, his trial was not due to start until December last year, when he pleaded guilty to the charges. He admitted two counts of sexual grooming, four charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and two offences of sexual activity involving penetration with a child.

The offences took place between July and October 2006.

Simon Ward, for Round, said the police had found no child pornography on his client’s computer, as in many cases of this kind.

Mr Ward said: “Although the two girls were taken advantage of, there was no evidence of coercion at all.

“He wouldn’t make them do things they didn’t want to do.”

Sentencing Round, Judge Andrew Hamilton said: “What you did was entirely and utterly wrong because you knew those girls were only 15. It’s absolutely disgraceful conduct.”