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The 17-year-old has been charged with alleged sexual crimes against children at the daycare center in Torquay

The 17-year-old is charged with alleged sexual crimes, including rape, of at least eight children at a daycare center in Torquay

  • Teenager is said to have abused children at Jack and Jill Childcare in Torquay
  • He is charged with rape and 13 counts of sexual contact with eight children
  • The alleged incidents were said to have taken place at the nursery last year
  • The 17-year-old has also been charged with two unrelated and historical counts of rape

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with alleged sexual crimes, including a rape allegation, of children at a daycare center.

The teenager has been accused of sexually assaulting at least eight children at Jack and Jill Childcare in Torquay, Devon.

The alleged incidents, including one rape counts against a child and 13 counts of sexual contact with eight children are said to have taken place in the nursery last year.

Police confirmed the suspect has also been charged with two counts of historical rape, but these have not been linked to the nursery, which closed in January.

A 17-year-old teenager is charged with sexually assaulting eight children at Jack and Jill Childcare in Torquay, Devon (photo).

A 17-year-old teenager is charged with sexually assaulting eight children at Jack and Jill Childcare in Torquay, Devon (photo).

The teen, who cannot be called legal because he is under 18, will appear before a local juvenile court, although no date has been confirmed yet.

Devon and Cornwall police today released details of the charges and reminded the public not to speculate about the teen’s identity or that of any victims on social media.

A police spokesman said: “Every alleged victim of a sexual crime is automatically kept anonymous for life; regardless of the age and outcome of a subsequent criminal trial.

“Any suspect under the age of 18 may not be identified by law.

These rules are not just for media organizations, they also apply to the public and include information posted through social media.

The alleged incidents, including one rape count and 13 counts of sexual contact with eight children, were said to have occurred in the nursery in July last year (photo)

The alleged incidents, including one rape count and 13 counts of sexual contact with eight children, were said to have occurred in the nursery in July last year (photo)

The alleged incidents, including one rape count and 13 counts of sexual contact with eight children, were said to have occurred in the nursery in July last year (photo)

“Any violation of anonymity can be seen as a barrier to a live investigation and an active criminal case, and could therefore see those who disobey the rules in court in disdain.

“This means that they can be brought to justice and thus end up with a criminal record.

“We therefore remind the public that it is essential that they do not speculate about the identity of the victim or suspect in this case.”

Jack and Jill Childcare Limited retired in November last year and confirmed in January that they had decided to close permanently.

The childcare company has been around for 15 years.

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