February 2017

Paedophile jailed for sexually abusing five-month-old baby


A VILE paedophile from Sutton Coldfield has been jailed for 14 years for sexually assaulting a baby girl who was just five months old

Craig Palmer, 33, originally from Fairfax Road by Fairfax School in Falcon Lodge, was given the lengthy sentence at Birmingham Crown Court today after pleading guilty to a string of child sex offences, including eight counts of sexual assault which took place when the baby girl was aged between five and 12 months old.

Police investigating the case discovered Palmer’s sickening crimes after a tip-off from the National Crime Agency linked him to indecent images of children posted online.

Officers moved in to arrest him at his then home in Fairfax Road in February 2016 and seized his mobile phone to gather further evidence. Full forensic analysis revealed he had a haul of more than 1,000 highly indecent images of young children on the phone, including some showing him sexually assaulting and abusing the baby.

The child has since been safeguarded and is now thriving.

Palmer, now of Blakesley Grove, Stechford, was also charged with a further 14 offences including making, possessing and distributing indecent photographs of children and one count of inciting or causing child prostitution and pornography.

All the offences took place between December 2014 and February 2016.

He pleaded guilty to all charges in December.