Firearms officer jailed for raping girl, 8

copram'Paedophile police officer, Jonathan White. He was a firearms officer at South Yorkshire Police.
copram'Paedophile police officer, Jonathan White. He was a firearms officer at South Yorkshire Police.

‘Manipulative’ former policeman a violent paedophile

A TRUSTED South Yorkshire Police firearms officer has been exposed as a violent paedophile and serious abuser of women - and is now beginning a 12-year jail sentence for raping a young girl.

Jonathan White, aged 41, was a member of the police firearms support group at the time he carried out a series of sexual assaults on the girl that began when she was eight and ended when she was 10.

White was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and two counts of inciting sexual activity with a child, after the victim, now 16, made a complaint to police - before even telling her mum.

He denied the allegations but a jury unanimously found him guilty of all charges at Nottingham Crown Court. White was jailed for a total of 12 years, put on the sex offenders’ register for life and banned from working with children.

The Star can also reveal White has a criminal record for assaults on women.

His service with South Yorkshire Police came to an end after eight years in November 2009, when he was convicted of attacking a former girlfriend. He was later jailed in 2010 for assaulting another partner.

Other former girlfriends have reported that, while he was a ‘smooth charmer’ at the start of their relationships, he would then turn violent. One ex-partner, who planned to marry White before his arrest for child sex abuse, said he told her he had gone to Afghanistan to work as a private security contractor - when in fact he was in jail for domestic violence.

“He was incredibly manipulative,” she said. Police also investigated claims White sexually abused a six-year-old girl but the case did not go to court due to concerns about putting the youngster through the ordeal when officers already had a strong case against White.

The 16-year-old victim’s gran said: “It is incredible to think this was an officer who had the right to carry a gun.”

Det Con Lisa Saporita, of Nottinghamshire’s child abuse investigation unit, said: “White’s victim has shown incredible strength and bravery.”