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Craig Palmer, aged 33, from Stechford, has been been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment after pleading guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to sexually assaulting a baby.

Palmer was sentenced on Thursday (02/02) after pleading guilty to a string of child sex offences, including eight counts of sexual assault which took place when the baby girl was aged between five and 12 months old.

Police investigating the case discovered Palmer’s sickening crimes after a tip-off from the National Crime Agency linked him to indecent images of children posted online.

Officers moved in to arrest him at his then home in Fairfax Road, Sutton Coldfield in February 2016 and seized his mobile phone to gather further evidence. Full forensic analysis revealed he had a haul of more than 1,000 pornographic images of young children on the phone, including some showing him sexually assaulting the baby.

The child has since been safeguarded and is thriving.

Palmer was also charged with a further 14 offences including making, possessing and distributing indecent photographs of children and one count of inciting or causing child prostitution and pornography. All the offences took place between December 2014 and February 2016. He pleaded guilty to all charges in December.

Det Insp Jim Foy, from the Public Protection Unit, said: “This has been a difficult and protracted investigation that has had at its heart the protection of children. Palmer has been found guilty of horrendous offences that have been particularly disturbing for my officers to pursue; however due to their professionalism and determination this offender has been found guilty and will now suffer his punishment.

“Anyone who downloads photographs of abuse of children creates a market for those photographs and that leads to other children being abused.

“Please be assured that West Midlands Police is determined to identify such offenders and put them before the courts.”