Paedophile investigation officers recognised in US

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Officers from West Midlands Police are to receive an award from US authorities for their part in a transatlantic paedophile investigation.

Julie Carr, from Bangor, Maine, in the US, performed sex acts on a two year old and broadcasted it online to Nicholas Wilde in Walsall in June 2009.

West Midlands Police caught the two when a memory stick containing footage of Carr was seized from Wilde's home during a separate investigation.

US officers arrested Carr a day later.

'Monstrous crimes'

The force said it was "honoured and proud" to be rewarded by its US counterparts.

Thomas E Delahanty II, US attorney for the district of Maine, presented the award via video link on Thursday.

West Midlands Police said this recognition symbolised the dedication shown by the entire team throughout a challenging investigation.

Sgt Clare Daker, who led the investigation, thanked US authorities for the role they played which enabled the two individuals to be held accountable for their "monstrous crimes".

Carr, 33, was sentenced in the US to 20 years after pleading guilty to the production of child pornography.

Wilde, 18, of Holmbridge Grove in Walsall, was sentenced to four years and eight months at Wolverhampton Crown Court in February 2010.

He pleaded guilty to making and distributing indecent images and inciting sexual assault on a child under 13.

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