Jag driver picked up girl, then abused her for days
A PERVERT who picked up a teenage runaway and sexually abused her for more than a week has been jailed for nine years.
David Edwards, 51, chatted up the 14-year-old girl, who had absconded from care, when he stopped his Jaguar car in Warwick Avenue, Easton.
Bristol Crown Court heard he took her to his home in Argyle Place, Clifton Wood, plied her with drink and abused her for eight days.
He filmed some of the abuse, getting the girl to act out a twisted scenario on camera that she was aged ten, he was her father and he was raping her.
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Police investigating the incident found he had 298 indecent images and films of children on his laptop computer as well as a small number of extreme pornographic images, involving bestiality.
Edwards pleaded guilty to possessing the images. He was convicted after a trial of seven charges of having sexual activity with a child in May last year.
His victim smiled as Judge Michael Longman jailed him for nine years and ordered him to serve a further four years on extended licence.
The judge, told Edwards he was a dangerous offender and said: "I believe you knew full well she was not 16.
"Her evidence was she told you how old she was.
"You knew she was under age. You picked her up off the streets, she went with you and you knew it was entirely inappropriate to take her back, let alone stay a week there."
The judge handed Edwards a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, banning him from unmonitored internet use and living with children. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.
Fiona Elder, prosecuting, said the material Edwards downloaded included images of youngsters as young as eight being abused.
She said that, at the time, the victim feared Edwards would upload footage he took of her on his camera phone to the internet.
Darren Burleigh, defending, said his client had not uploaded indecent images or film of the girl and he had not subjected her to gratuitous violence.
After the sentencing Detective Constable Katherine Davis, of the police rape and sexual offences investigation team, Operation Bluestone, said: "I would describe Mr Edwards as a dangerous individual.
"The sentence protects communities from him targeting young, vulnerable people.
"The complainant is very relieved that the whole court process is now over. It has been very stressful for her."
DC Davis urged anyone who is the victim of sexual offences to ring Operation Bluestone on 101.