Jayden McCarthy was convicted of 13 sex assaults at the nursery as well as raping a three-year-old girl at the family run centre
A teenage nursery assistant who carried out a series of sex attacks on toddlers where he worked has been jailed for fourteen and a half years.
Jayden McCarthy was convicted of 13 sex assaults at the nursery as well as raping a three-year-old girl at the family run centre.
He was also convicted on two counts of raping a boy who was eight and nine some five years earlier.
McCarthy was only caught when a three-year-old girl told her mum the then 16-year-old apprentice had carried out a serious sex attack on her.
He committed the nursery rape on the same day he sexually assaulted two other girls there.
Police were alerted and officers examined 265 hours of CCTV from the family run Jack and Jill nursery in Torquay, Devon.
McCarthy was charged with a further 13 counts of sexual assault on seven other girls and one boy who were aged between two and four years.
After his arrest, another boy came forward to say McCarthy had raped him in 2014.
McCarthy was convicted of all three rapes and 13 sexual assaults by a jury after a two week trial at Exeter Crown Court in May.
Yesterday Judge David Evans sentenced him to a total of 14.5 years youth detention, and victims' family members clapped as the judge said it.
Police were alerted and officers examined 265 hours of CCTV 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 strictly monitored on his release and faces a further three year period of licence on top of the prison term.
The judge told the teenager: 'You are a dangerous offender and pose a significant risk to members of the public of causing serious harm by the commission of further specified sexual offences. You could barely contain your sexual urges in that nursery.
'Between June 26th and July 29th you sexually asaaulted eight other children in your care aged two and four on 13 separate and blazingly obvious incidents of sexual assault.
'You are immature. I take into account your childhood experiences, childhood abuse and significant neglect. There are not clear mental health issues but you have a psychiatric illness.
'You had obtained a job in a nursery and you had received safeguarding 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 toilet area where CCTV cameras were understandably not in operation, unlike many areas of the Jack and Jill nursery.
The father of the little girl he raped told the court they do not know what the future impact or damage will be on her.
He said: 'I believe Jayden McCarthy has broken me as a person, the worst thing a devoted parent should have to endure. She is very wary of males, suffers night terrors and bed wetting.'
The raped boy told the court he felt isolated and in a constant of fear of the abuse he suffered and was existing and in survival mode.
He said he has been left feeling 'shame and embarrassment, unable to breathe and in a state of anxiety'.
Defence barrister Nick Lewin said McCarthy has lost seven stone in weight during the proceedings and continues to deny any wrongdoing.
He said the youth had suffered deprivations as a child and young adult.
Jayden McCarthy (pictured today), then 16, was only caught when a three-year-old girl told her mother McCarthy carried out a serious sex attack on her at a family-run nursery in Torquay
McCarthy, from Brixham, Devon, was 16 when he was employed as a nursery apprentice in March 2019.
He is now 18 years old and the court heard he raped the boy when he was 12 and this attack was reported after the nursery assaults.
McCarthy got the job after providing references, being interviewed by the owners and he was not on any barring disclosure list because he had no previous convictions, cautions or reprimands.
But McCarthy came from a troubled background - a mother with mental health difficulties and four children all with different fathers living in a dirty house where the mother was often asleep and she kept food hidden in bedroom drawers.
Prosecutor Jason Beal told the jury the sex attacks varied from oral rape of one girl to the sexual touching children over their clothing.
He said: 'The assaults were not witnessed at the time.'
But in July 2019 one mother innocently asked her daughter about her day at the nursery and said: 'Jayden put his nipple in my mouth. It tasted yucky.'
The little girl's father used the term 'daddy's nipple' when she had a bath with 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 inquiry trawled hours and hours of CCTV - which resulted in 13 sexual assault charges being made against the teenage worker.
McCarthy's lawyer told him not to comment in police interviews. But in a statement he denied touching children sexually for sexual gratification and denied being sexually aroused by young children. Pictured, McCarthy
Mr Beal said: 'The defendant was caught on CCTV sexually assaulting children on various days. There were eight children involved and they were aged between two and four.'
Clips of the abuse were shown to the court as McCarthy applied sun cream to the children, sat with them in a room at the nursery or let them crawl over him in play - and the rape happened when he changed the little girl out of her wet clothes in a toilet block area where there was no CCTV at the now closed nursery.
Mr Beal said the sex assaults were 'not isolated incidents' and McCarthy let children touch his genitals and he put his hand up the dresses of some girls.
McCarthy's lawyer told him not to comment in police interviews but in a statement he denied touching children sexually for sexual gratification and denied being sexually aroused by young children.
He denied three charges of child rape and 13 of sexual assaults. Two of the child rapes concerned the boy at a different location to the nursery five years earlier.
Nursery boss Lindsay Nelson said McCarthy seemed 'dumbstruck and very shocked' when the rape allegation against the girl at the nursery was out in him by them.
Her mother Pam said: 'We never had any concerns about his performance or behaviour and no safeguarding concerns.'
But the court heard McCarthy was immature and he let children throw toys around and let them climb all over him - but they put this down to him being just 16 himself.
Giving evidence McCarthy claimed children 'grabbed at him, at his penis, it was a game which I tried to discourage, in that area'.
He also claimed he stroked a little girl's leg to help her sleep and said some of his own hand movements were him 'scratching his own leg'.
He told the jury in one clip a girl's skirt had 'gone over my hand' but denied putting his hand up her skirt.
He sprayed sun tan cream on a little girl on her exposed arms, legs and neck - but then rubbed some into her stomach which was covered by her dress but told the court he only 'touched her on top of her legs' and that the tot had asked him to put more cream on her.
In November 2019 - four months after the inquiry started - 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 offences did not involve the taking or distributing of images - unlike the case of paedophile nursery worker Vanessa George from Plymouth, Devon, who was jailed for abusing an unknown number of toddlers.
The Jack and Jill nursery could care for up to 52 children from new born babies to five year olds and the directors told the court that they had 22 staff members and were 'always overstaffed and had more staff than required by law'.
They said any physical contact with children had to be 'initiated by the child' and that child abuse was the 'worst type of offence' for a nursery to face.
The sentences were three years concurrent for the two boy rapes, 18 months for all the sexual assaults and ten years for the girl rape - seven years in prison and three years on extended licence.