A paedophile nursery worker who raped a toddler in his care and built up an online "community" to incite the sexual abuse of young girls has been warned to expect a life sentence.
Paul Anthony Wilson, 20, was told at Birmingham Crown Court that he would "almost inevitably" receive an indeterminate jail term when he is sentenced by a High Court judge next month.
After the nursery assistant pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and 45 charges relating to the grooming of more than 20 girls, police confirmed that he had used a mobile phone to record the abuse of the toddler.
Officers said the two recordings were seized in January when Wilson was arrested for blackmailing a teenage girl into performing sex acts via a webcam.
Detectives admit they were shocked at the level of depravity of images found on the phone and computers used by Wilson, who even posed as a model agency scout to befriend some of his victims.
The rapist, who worked at the Little Stars Nursery in Nechells, Birmingham, for around 18 months, is known to have abused the toddler at his workplace, although there is no evidence that further offences took place there. Wilson was arrested at 5.20am on Wednesday January 5 this year by officers investigating a single allegation relating to online grooming.
But as detectives investigated the offence, examination of computer equipment and mobile phones recovered from the suspect's bedroom uncovered a haul of indecent images and the recordings of the toddler. Inquiries then found that the child had previously attended the nursery where Wilson worked and that the offences happened within the nursery itself.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Booth, who led the police inquiry, said the parents of the toddler were then informed of the incident, and had been supported throughout the subsequent investigation by family liaison officers.
Meanwhile, a multi-agency operation was launched and specialist child abuse investigators and social workers attended Little Stars on January 6 to speak to staff and inform parents of the investigation.
Wilson, of Newbold Croft, Nechells, was remanded in custody and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 27.