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'An extremely dangerous, clever and manipulative paedophile' man abused girls while babysitting.

Byline: KEANE DUNCAN keane.duncan@reachplc.com @KeaneDunc

A TWISTED "uncle"-like babysitter abused girls at his sinister sleepovers.

Keith Scott hid a camera in his bathroom to secretly film girls as young as four and sexually abused an eight-year-old while she slept in bed.

The "deviant and distorted" 51-year-old manipulated parents over years, gaining their trust to mind their children and then exploiting them for his sexual gratification.

Scott's sinister behaviour was finally aired in court on Monday, more than a decade after it began.

He admitted 23 charges including sexual assault, voyeurism and possessing more than 45,000 child abuse images.

Teesside Crown Court heard how Scott filmed himself inappropriately touching one girl as she slept in bed, and him performing a sex act.

Jo Kidd, prosecuting, said the girl's unsuspecting parents "considered him to be a family friend, someone who would spend significant time at their home and someone they would trust implicitly with their children".

The eight sexual assaults between 2006 and 2009, were only uncovered three years ago when Scott's home in Marske was raided by Cleveland Police.

Officers found a catalogue of indecent images, with the most serious depicting a baby and the rape of a five-year-old.

Scott, of the village's Station Close, initially admitted possessing the images, the sex assaults at his home, and photographing a youngster inappropriately.

He also disclosed to police he had set up a covert camera in his bathroom to film girls as they used his toilet.

In all he was charged with five counts of voyeurism, with his hidden camera recording girls aged from four to 10 who had visited his home.

His collection included 45 "first generation images" he had himself produced, along with thousands more he had downloaded from the internet.

Scott's victims described him as an "uncle" who would spoil them with expensive gifts, take them on trips away and was "particularly kind".

One parent told the court: "We all thought we could trust this man.

"All along he was manipulating the situation. It's disgusting to think I let this man look after my daughter."

Another said: "I can't believe he would do anything like this to my family. He was like an uncle to my children. As a mother, he's made me feel I have let down my daughter and failed as a parent.

"He's caused a lot of embarrassment, humiliation and stress to me - and most of all, my daughter. These feelings will stay with me forever."

Andrew Turton, mitigating, said Scott displayed "remorse and shame" for his crimes and had "candidly" revealed information about his offending to police during interview.

"He clearly needs help with his deviant and distorted thinking," he said. "He accepts he has a problem."

Scott, who had no previous convictions, withheld formal guilty pleas until he appeared at Teesside Crown Court on August 12, when he admitted all 23 counts against him.

Judge Peter Armstrong said Scott was responsible for the "most gross abuse of trust imaginable".

He said: "I take the view that you're an extremely manipulative, clever and dangerous paedophile.

"You conned everyone into thinking that you were a friendly favourite uncle type.

"The parents can't be blamed for what happened. You are solely responsible."

Scott was jailed for seven years and six months with an extra fiveyear licence period once released to "protect the public".

He was also subjected to a sexual harm prevention order banning unsupervised contact with children and restricting his use of the internet.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2019
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