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Child rapist jailed for 10 years

Paul Cosier
Police said the former immigration officer betrayed his position of trust

A former immigration officer from Kent has been jailed for 10 years after admitting 17 sex offences including the rape of a girl under the age of 13.

Paul Cosier, 51, of Deal, was ordered to sign the sex offenders' register and was banned from working with children for life, at Canterbury Crown Court.

The other 16 offences he admitted related to images of child abuse.

The court heard he was found to be in possession of nearly 12,000 indecent images of children.

Out of the 11,954 images, 81 were classed as level five, which is the most serious, depicting sadism or bestiality with children, while 2,174 were level four.

After the hearing, Det Insp Matthew Long said: "Compiling and distributing a sickening collection of over 10,000 indecent images of children was clearly not enough for this man.

This type of offender can come from any social background
Det Insp Matthew Long

"He has continuously interacted with other like-minded people and discussed the sexual abuse of children.

"Cosier has not only gone on to commit serious sexual abuse of a young vulnerable child but took photographs of this horrific act."

He added: "This man was believed to be of good character, working in a position of trust. Clearly he has betrayed that trust.

"I hope that this highlights to everyone that this type of offender can come from any social background and is not restricted to a stereotypical criminal.

"Everyone should be aware that this horrendous type of offence is happening and should report any suspicious activity."

Cosier, previously of Clifford Gardens, admitted the offences at an earlier hearing.

The offences included 10 of distributing images, three of taking images, two of making images and one of possessing indecent images of children.

The court heard he was suspended from his job after he was arrested last year.




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