Jayden McCarthy was convicted of 13 child molestation assaults and raping a three-year-old girl at the family-run center
A teenage childcare assistant who committed a series of sexual assaults on toddlers where he worked has been jailed for 14 and a half years.
Jayden McCarthy was convicted of 13 sexual assaults at the nursery and of raping a three-year-old girl at the family-run center.
He was also convicted of two counts of raping a boy aged eight and nine some five years earlier.
McCarthy was only caught when a three-year-old girl told her mother that the then 16-year-old student had carried out a serious sexual assault on her.
He committed the child rape on the same day he sexually assaulted two other girls there.
Police were alerted and officers examined 265 hours of CCTV footage from the family-run Jack and Jill nursery in Torquay, Devon.
McCarthy was charged with a further 13 counts of sexually assaulting seven other girls and one boy between the ages of two and four.
After his arrest, another boy came forward to say that McCarthy raped him in 2014.
McCarthy was convicted by a jury in May of all three rapes and 13 sexual assaults after a two-week trial at Exeter Crown Court.
Yesterday, Judge David Evans sentenced him to a total of 14.5 years of juvenile detention, and victims’ relatives clapped as the judge said.
Police were alerted and officers examined 265 hours of CCTV footage from the family-run Jack and Jill nursery in Torquay, Devon
He will serve two-thirds of the sentence – seven years – behind bars and will be closely monitored on release and will face an additional three years in addition to jail time.
The judge told the teen: ‘You are a dangerous offender and you pose a significant risk to the public of causing serious harm by committing specified sex crimes. You could hardly contain your sexual urges in that nursery.
“Between June 26 and July 29, you sexually assaulted eight other children, ages two and four, under your care in 13 separate and blatant assaults.
‘You are immature. I take into account your childhood experiences, child abuse and significant neglect. There are no obvious psychological problems, but you have a psychiatric condition.
“You had been given a job in a daycare and you had been given protection and training in the need to protect the young and vulnerable children whose care was entrusted to you.”
McCarthy (pictured in a court sketch in May) was convicted of all three rapes and 13 sexual assaults by a jury after a two-week trial at Exeter Crown Court in May
He said he raped the little girl in a restroom where the CCTV cameras were understandably not working, unlike many other parts of the Jack and Jill nursery.
The father of the little girl he raped told the court they don’t know what the future impact or damage will be on her.
He said: ‘I believe Jayden McCarthy broke me as a person, the worst a committed parent should endure. She is very wary of men, suffers from night terrors and bedwetting.’
The raped boy told the court that he felt isolated and constantly feared the abuse he was undergoing and that he existed and was in survival mode.
He said he feels “ashamed and ashamed, unable to breathe and in a state of fear.”
Defense attorney Nick Lewin said McCarthy lost seven pounds during the proceedings and continues to deny any wrongdoing.
He said the youth had suffered hardships as children and young adults.
Jayden McCarthy (pictured today), then 16, was only caught when a three-year-old girl told her mother that McCarthy had carried out a serious sexual assault on her at a family business in Torquay
McCarthy, from Brixham, Devon, was 16 when he joined as a pre-schooler in March 2019.
He is now 18 years old and the court heard that he raped the boy when he was 12 and this attack was reported after the child abuse.
McCarthy got the job after providing credentials, being interviewed by the owners, and he wasn’t on a prohibited disclosure list because he had no previous convictions, warnings, or reprimands.
But McCarthy came from a troubled background – a mother with mental health problems and four children with all different fathers who lived in a dirty house where the mother often slept and hid food in bedroom drawers.
Prosecutor Jason Beal told the jury that the sexual assaults ranged from oral rape of a girl to sexually touching children over their clothes.
He said: ‘The attacks were not observed at the time.’
But in July 2019, a mother innocently asked her daughter about her day at daycare, saying, “Jayden put his nipple in my mouth. It tasted bad.’
The girl’s father used the term “daddy’s nipple” when she bathed him, and he used the word to refer to his penis.
The family contacted the nursery and the police, McCarthy was suspended and the police investigation dragged on for hours and hours of CCTV – resulting in 13 charges of sexual assault against the teenage worker.
McCarthy’s attorney told him not to comment during police interrogations. But in a statement, he denied sexually touching children for sexual gratification and denied being sexually aroused by young children. Pictured, McCarthy
Mr Beal said: ‘The defendant was caught sexually abusing children on several days. There were eight children involved and they were between two and four years old.’
Clips of the abuse were shown to the court when McCarthy applied sunscreen to the children, sat in a nursery room with them, or had them crawl over him while playing – and the rape took place when he dragged the little girl out of her wet hair. clothes in a toilet block where there was no camera surveillance of the now closed nursery.
Mr Beal said the sexual assaults were “not isolated incidents” and McCarthy allowed children to touch his genitals and he reached into some of the girls’ dresses.
McCarthy’s attorney told him not to comment during police interrogations, but in a statement he denied sexually touching children for sexual gratification and denied being sexually aroused by young children.
He denied three charges of child rape and 13 of sexual assault. Two of the child rapes involved the boy in a different location from the nursery five years earlier.
Nursery owner Lindsay Nelson said McCarthy appeared “stunned and very shocked” when the rape allegation against the girl at the nursery was leveled against him by them.
Her mother Pam said, “We have never worried about his performance or behavior and never worried about safety.”
But the court heard that McCarthy was immature and he let kids throw toys around and climb over him – but they attributed this to the fact that he was only 16 himself.
Testimony McCarthy claimed that kids “grabbed him, by his penis, it was a game I tried to discourage in that area.”
He also claimed he stroked a little girl’s leg to help her sleep and said he “scratched his own leg” with some of his own hand movements.
He told the jury in a clip that a girl’s skirt had “went over my hand,” but denied having put his hand inside her skirt.
He sprayed sunscreen on a little girl on her bare arms, legs and neck – then rubbed some on her belly, which was covered by her dress, but told the court he only “touched her on her legs” and the toddler had asked him to put more cream on her.
In November 2019 – four months after the investigation began – Devon and Cornwall police revealed that 100 families had been contacted about the abuse as part of a multi-agency response involving the police, Torbay Council, Ofsted and the NHS.
Det Chief Insp James Stock said the violations did not involve taking or distributing images – unlike the case of pedophile daycare worker Vanessa George of Plymouth, Devon, who was jailed for abusing an unknown number of toddlers.
Jack and Jill’s nursery could host up to 52 children, from newborn babies to five-year-olds, and the directors told the court they had 22 staff members and were “always overstaffed and overstaffed than required by law”.
They said any physical contact with children “must have been child-initiated” and that child abuse was the “worst kind of crime” a daycare center faced.
The sentences were the same for three years for the two rapes of boys, 18 months for all sexual assaults and ten years for the rape of girls – seven years in prison and three years with extended license.