July 2021

‘Dangerous’ paedophile who abused nursery children in Torquay given lengthy jail term

A nursery apprentice who abused nine toddlers in his care has been jailed for 11-and-a-half years.

Teenager Jayden McCarthy was described as a dangerous sexual offender who poses a risk to the public by a judge at Exeter Crown Court.

He was 16 and an apprentice at a nursery in Torquay in July 2019 when he forced a girl to have oral sex with him.

Analysis of CCTV from the previous month showed him carrying out a series of less serious sexual assaults on toddlers.

McCarthy had previously raped a boy of eight or nine in a completely unrelated case, several years earlier.

Judge David Evans told him: ”These offences were aggravated by the extreme youth of the children, the breach of trust and the presence of other children, as is clear from the footage.

“I judge you as posing a high level of risk based on the way in which you could barely contain your sexual impulses in the images from the nursery, when you were aged 16, and the way you abused the boy earlier.

“It seems that sexual offending may be in your nature and a great deal of work may be necessary to work it out

“I cannot ignore the very great deal of distress and psychological disturbance that you caused directly to the victims and indirectly to those who care for them.

“You had obtained a job at the nursery and received safeguarding training. Whatever immaturity you exhibited, you clearly understood the importance of safeguarding and the need to protect the young and vulnerable children in your care.”

McCarthy, now aged 18, of South Devon, denied one count of rape and 13 of sexual assault at the nursery and was found guilty of all these offences and the two rapes of the boy.

He was jailed for a total of 11-and-a-half years with a three year extended licence. The sentence means he will serve eight years and three months before he will become eligible for parole.

He will thereafter be liable to recall to prison if he fails to comply with his licence until the full 14 years and six months has expired. The judge put him on the sex offenders’ register for life.

McCarthy had been working at the nursery for four months when a three-year-old girl went home and told her mother that he had made her take part in a sex act in a toilet area.

A massive police operation was launched on July 29, 2019, when the girl told her mother that ‘Jayden had been naughty’ in a toilet at the nursery.

Officers studied 265 hours of CCTV footage which revealed the other offences, in which he put his hand up the skirts of girls or touched them while pretending to play or apply sun cream.

One clip showed him looking around furtively as he slid his hand inside a little girl’s clothing as she took a nap on a mattress on the floor with other children asleep all around her.

The CCTV footage also showed that he had been alone in the toilet area with the three-year-old for around nine minutes on the day he assaulted her.

Her dress had got drenched while she was in a wet pay area and he was ostensibly changing it for a dry one which she kept in her rucksack.

McCarthy was in care and living in a children’s home at the time while also working part time as a waiter at a pub in Kingsteignton.

He had been working at the nursery since March, having passed two interviews and been vetted

May 2021

Nursery apprentice who sexually assaulted nine children is under 24-hour supervision at Somerset location

A teenager who abused nine toddlers at a nursery is under 24-hour supervision at an isolated location in Somerset.

Nursery apprentice Jayden McCarthy of Paignton was found guilty of the offences at the end of a trial at Exeter Crown Court.

He was 16 in July 2019 when a three-year-old girl went home and told her mother he had made her take part in a sex act in a toilet area of the nursery in Torbay.

CCTV from the previous ten days revealed he had carried out 13 sexual assaults on seven girls and one boy.

A teenage boy also came forward to police to disclose that McCarthy had raped him repeatedly when he was aged about eight.

Judge David Evans adjourned the case until July 14 for sentence and allowed McCarthy to remain on bail until then.

He is currently in council care and under 24-hour supervision in Somerset and will remain there until sentence.

The judge ordered a psychiatric and pre-sentence reports and told McCarthy to expect a lengthy sentence of youth custody.

The judge told him:”You have been found guilty on the clearest possible evidence of grave sexual offences against young and very young children at a time when you were yourself a youth.

“You face a substantial sentence of custodial detention.

“However, I cannot sentence you now.

“I need to give those affected to record the effect on the children in personal statements which will be before me when I sentence.

“I also need to give the lawyers time to construct submissions about sentence, which they will put into writing.

“Given your age, and the age you were at the time, and the seriousness of the offending and your lack of previous convictions, I am allowing time to arrange a psychiatric assessment by someone with forensic experience and a full pre-sentence report to be prepared by the probation service.

“That will address all relevant matters, including dangerousness.”

The judge told McCarthy he will have to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register immediately and will be prevented from working with children again by the Declaration and Barring Service.

McCarthy, now 18, of South Devon, denied one count of rape and 13 of sexual assault at the nursery and was found guilty by unanimous verdict of each offence.

He also denied two rapes in relation to the earlier assaults on the eight-year-old boy and was found guilty of those by majority verdicts.

A massive police operation was launched on July 29, 2019 when the three-year-old girl told her mother that ‘Jayden had been naughty’ in a toilet at the nursery.

Officers studied 265 hours of CCTV footage which revealed the other offences, in which he put his hand up the skirts of girl or touched them while pretending to play or apply sun cream.

One clip showed him looking around furtively as he slid his hand inside a little girl’s clothing as she took a nap on a mattress on the floor with other children asleep all around her.

The CCTV footage also showed that he had been alone in the toilet area with the three-year-old for around nine minutes on the day he assaulted her.

Her dress had got drenched while she was in a wet play area and he was ostensibly changing it for a dry one which she kept in her rucksack.

McCarthy was in care and living in a children’s home at the time while also working part time as a waiter at a pub in Kingsteignton.

He had been working at the nursery since March, having passed two interviews and been vetted.

He had received training in safeguarding during his employment.

The jury at Exeter Crown Court was shown 13 CCTV clips taken in July 2019 which showed him touching eight children inappropriately.

McCarthy was also found guilty of two counts of rape in a separate incident.