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Nursery worker Paul Wilson's rape sentence reduced

Paul Anthony Wilson
Image caption Paul Wilson filmed himself raping a toddler from Little Stars Nursery, where he worked for 18 months

A Birmingham nursery worker who raped a toddler and groomed 22 other girls over the internet has had his minimum sentence reduced on appeal.

Paul Wilson, 21, from Nechells, was jailed for life in July after admitting two counts of raping the child at Little Stars Nursery, Nechells.

At his original trial, he was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years in prison.

The Court of Appeal has now cut this to 13 and a half years.

Grooming young girls

Lord Judge, sitting with Mr Justice Silber and Mr Justice Maddison, upheld the defence submission that the original trial judge should have given the defendant some credit for his guilty plea.

The judges agreed that an early guilty plea spared Wilson's young victims and families the ordeal of having to give evidence.

They reduced the notional determinate sentence from 30 to 27 years' imprisonment, which means that Wilson will have to serve a minimum of 13 and a half years before being eligible for parole.

At his trial, Wilson admitted more than 40 offences related to grooming young girls on the internet and distributing indecent images.

He had filmed himself on his phone raping a toddler at the nursery he worked at for 18 months.

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