A FORMER cruise ship worker has admitted carrying out a string of sex attacks on 13 youngsters while working in a children’s activity area.
Paul Trotter, 34, of Doncaster Road Estate, Ackworth, filmed himself sexually abusing young boys - most of whom were under the age of 13 years - on three Cunard cruise liners between December 20, 2010, and January 5, 2011.
Trotter, who was working as a children’s activity supervisor for the cruise company, admitted 12 counts of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13 and one count of sexual activity with a child under the age of 13 at Swindon Crown Court on Friday.
He also pleaded guilty to five counts of taking indecent images of a child, five of making indecent images of a child and one of possessing indecent images of a child.
He was remanded into custody until he is sentenced on Friday, May 11.
Trotter, who no longer works for Cunard, was initially arrested by detectives from Wiltshire’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit on suspicion of making, possessing and distribution of indecent images on August 12 last year.
It was only when officers examined the contents of his computer they discovered that he had filmed himself abusing children in his care on the luxury ships.
Trotter, who has worked on Cunard’s flagship cruise liners the Queen Mary 2 and its sister vessel the Queen Elizabeth, also possessed other indecent images of children obtained online.
Det Insp Nicki Davey, of Wiltshire Police, said: “In August 2011 Wiltshire’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit received intelligence which highlighted that Paul Trotter, a Wiltshire resident at the time, was in possession of indecent images of children. The contents of his computer were examined and revealed that he had filmed himself abusing children in his care.
“Many of these films were made on board three cruise ships, operated by Cunard, where Trotter was employed in the children’s play zone area.
“With the co-operation of Cunard, a great deal of work went into identifying the children to allow us to inform their parents.
“Paul Trotter worked in a position of trust with children. He has abused the trust placed in him by the children and their parents.
“His admission of the charges will mean that the families do not have to experience the distress of a trial. We would like to acknowledge their co-operation and understanding following our visits to them.”
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