A 'persistent paedophile' who joined a UK police force to target vulnerable children raped a 13-year-old girl in his car.
Student police officer Ian Naude, 30, was convicted of raping her in the back of the vehicle and filming the attack.
He also admitted 31 offences relating to grooming underage girls using fake Facebook and Snapchat profiles as well as misconduct in public office, reports the Independent
Naude joined Cheshire Constabulary in north-west England to 'gain the keys to a sweetshop', by accessing victims' files, Liverpool Crown Court was told.
After joining Cheshire Constabulary, he had passed the vetting process in October 2016 but allegations of sex offences that were investigated by two other police forces went unnoticed.
During his two-week trial, Naude denied rape and sexual assault. He claimed 13-year-old victim consented to sex and she 'seemed to be enjoying it'.
The court heard he met the girl after he attended her home over a domestic incident in October 2017.
After finding her Facebook profile and exchanging sexually-suggestive messages and images, Naude returned their three days later.
When her mother was out, he picked her up and drove her to a quite country road where he attacked her. He filmed part of the incident on his mobile phone.
Martin McRobb of the UK Crown Prosecution Service said the girl's courage in telling her parents what happened led to Naude's conviction.
'The investigation that followed revealed Naude to be a persistent paedophile who had been targeting young girls on the internet for a long time.
'He had joined the police to gain greater access to vulnerable young girls he could exploit.'