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Jailed For Sexual Abuse

Paul Trotter

3:36pm 11th May 2012
(Updated 6:10pm 11th May 2012)

A former cruise ship worker from Yorkshire has been given an extended sentence of four years for sexually abusing 13 children.

The victims were mostly boys aged between 7 and 13.

34 year old Paul Michael Trotter from Pontefract admitted carrying out his attacks whilst working as a kids' activity supervisor on Cunard cruise liners.

He filmed himself performing sickening acts aboard the luxury Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria ships.  

They included molesting and spanking, and making and possessing indecent images of children.

He avoided detection by leading victims to areas not monitored by CCTV.

His victims span a period of at least seven years and 295 voyages.  

Trotter was caught last August whilst living in Wiltshire. Police were tipped-off about indecent material on his computer.

Following his arrest Cunard spoke of their deep shock, and have since worked with the NSPCC to tighten child protection policies.

Sentencing him today (Friday 11th May 2012) at Swindon Crown Court, Judge Douglas Field described Paul Trotter as dangerous.

He's been placed on the sex offenders' register for life.

Statement released on behalf of the investigating officer, Detective Inspector Nicki Davey:

Today at Swindon Crown Court, Paul Michael Trotter was sentenced to four years and prevented from working with children for life. He pleaded guilty of taking, making and possessing indecent images of children and the sexual assault of thirteen children, most of whom were under the age of 13 years.

Last year, Wiltshire’s Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIT) received intelligence which indicated that Paul Trotter was in possession of indecent images of children. Examination of his computer revealed that he had filmed himself abusing children in his care.

Many of these films were made on board cruise ships, operated by Cunard, where Trotter was employed as a children’s supervisor. He also possessed other indecent images of children obtained online.

Paul Trotter worked in a position of trust. He abused the trust placed in him by the children and their parents.

With the co operation of Cunard and a complex investigation we were able to bring Trotter before the court and prevent him from continuing to abuse.

His actions will have caused a great deal of distress to the families involved and other worried parents and we hope that today’s sentencing will provide them some reassurance.

It’s thanks to the support of the families and the cooperation of Cunard and the NSPCC that we are able to secure this conviction today.”

Detective Inspector Nicki Davey read this statement outside the courts (click on the link below):

A victim family statement (the victim must remain anonymous):

“We are extremely disappointed in the sentence given to Paul Trotter. We do not believe this sentence is a strong enough deterrent to paedophiles . This is a man who admitted to police that he was aware of his predilection for abusing young boys.

He then sought out employment in positions of trust with access to young boys, systematically abused them and manipulated parents and employers. There are 24 charges against him that we know about which includes our boys. He only stopped because he was caught. Additionally he used the internet to exchange indecent images.

Long after this calculating and evil man leaves prison we face the prospect of our children coming to understand fully what happened to them and the possible long term impacts of the abuse. We and other families will live in the shadow of his actions for years to come and remain fearful for our children's future well-being.

We are satisfied that Cunard has taken strong action to protect children in their care and their long term partnership with the NSPCC is positive and has our full support.

We hope that all organisations who provide care for children will use this experience to take a fresh look at their own policies, tighten up procedure and consider reviewing them with external experts to ensure the very best safeguarding of children. That’s about the only positive that may come out of this nightmare. We would urge that there was a review of sentencing guidelines otherwise monsters like Trotter, who have it in their DNA to abuse will do so without fear of long sentences.”

Cunard President Peter Shanks also read a statement outside the courts (Click on the link below):

PICTURED: Paul Trotter

Paul Trotter

PICTURED BELOW: D.I.Nicki Davey Wilts Police and Cunard President Peter Shanks – outside Swindon Crown Court.

D.I.Nicki Davey Wilts Police and Cunard President Peter Shanks – outside Swindon Crown Court.

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