Nursery man remanded over 'child rape'

A 20-year-old nursery worker was remanded in custody yesterday charged with raping a child.

Paul Wilson, of Nechells, Birmingham, was not required to enter a plea when he appeared at the city's magistrates' court facing two charges of raping a child between early 2009 and last summer.

Wilson, who spoke only to confirm his personal details, was charged with the offences last night after an inquiry into alleged sexual abuse centred on the Little Stars Nursery in Nechells.

Wilson bowed his head for most of the four-minute hearing.

No application for bail was made on Wilson's behalf and he was ordered to reappear at Birmingham Crown Court next Friday.

Wilson was arrested at his home early on Wednesday.

West Midlands Police subsequently launched an inquiry in relation to his employment at the nursery following the seizure of a computer from his home.

An officer said on Thursday that there was no evidence of other children being abused at the nursery, which is temporarily closed.