Man found guilty of six charges in Bradford child sex abuse trial

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Judge Neil Davey QC Judge Neil Davey QC

A 41-YEAR-old man has been warned he faces a "very long sentence" after being convicted of six of seven charges of sexually abusing two schoolgirls.

Paul Wilkinson, of Broadstone Way, Holme Wood, Bradford, was found guilty of one charge of rape, two of attempted rape and two of sexual assault.

He gave no reaction as he was also found guilty of an additional charge of taking indecent photographs of a second child.

But Wilkinson was found not guilty of one charge of rape by the jury at Bradford Crown Court today.

He will now be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday, July 30.

Judge Neil Davey QC told Wilkinson: "You have been convicted of extremely serious offences by the jury.

"You will receive a very long sentence of imprisonment on July 30."

Earlier during the week-long trial, the judge directed the jury to find Wilkinson not guilty on one of the rape charges and a new alternative offence of attempted rape was substituted.

Wilkinson, who used to work for Cash Converters in Bradford, previously told the jury he had no sexual interest in the girls.

The trial heard when cross-examined by Ian Howard, prosecuting, Wilkinson said he began collecting pornography after becoming depressed.

He kept the indecent photos of the girl in a file on his computer, hoping that because they were of a real person they would jolt him back to reality.

Mr Howard alleges Wilkinson undressed the girls before sexually abusing them at different addresses in Bradford, when one was aged nine or ten and the second ten years old.

Wilkinson was accused of raping the first girl, sexually assaulting her and trying to rape her again, all on one occasion.

The Crown said that some years later, he attempted to rape the second girl and sexually assaulted her.

He also denied an allegation from the first girl he took indecent photos of her while she wore a pink skirt.

When questioned by his barrister, Tina Landale, Wilkinson said taking the sexual explicit photographs was a "spur of the moment thing".

He said: "I took a few photos and I deeply regret my actions.

"I am disgusted by my actions."

He will next appear at Bradford Crown Court on July 30 for his sentencing.

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