Male nursery nurse jailed for sexual assault - Luton

30/10/2013

A male nursery nurse has today, Wednesday, 30 October 2013, been jailed for four years for sexually assaulting a three year old girl in his care.

After the offence came to light, police found Steven Munn had been viewing child abuse images on his computer.

Judge David Farrell QC told 30-year-old Munn: "It is every parent's nightmare that their child could be abused by a pervert such as you, particularly when that child is entrusted to you in the environment of a nursery."

He said the little girl, who was almost four, did not have to go through the trauma of giving evidence, but her parents had suffered "terrible distress."

That had been compounded, said prosecutor Andrew Lewis, when they were shown a message Munn had posted on Facebook while awaiting sentence.

He had described his trial as a "circus" and a "wonderful day out for the family," Luton Crown Court was told.

Munn, who had worked with children for 11 years and was said to be very popular at the school in Luton, Beds had pleaded not guilty to sexual assault, but was convicted by a jury, last month.

He pleaded guilty to eleven charges of making indecent images of children and one charge of possessing the 476 images.

Mr  Lewis said all but five of the images were in the least serious category, but five were in the second highest category. Many were of very young children.

The Judge made an order that neither the school nor the victim should be identified, but he lifted another ruling and said Munn, of Kiln Way, Dunstable, could be identified.

At his trial, the jury heard from the girl's mother of her shock when her three year old daughter told her a man at the nursery had intimately touched her.

The woman said she was getting the youngster ready for a bed time story when the girl said how earlier in the day she had fallen in the play area and hurt her bottom. The girl had told her that Mr. Munn had taken her to a changing area, and pulled her clothes down to check her and had demonstrated that he had touched her between her legs.

The offence, which Munn continues to deny, occurred in January 2012.

The Judge had ruled that the little girl should not be called to give evidence as she now had no memory of the incident. He said that was due to the care and love of her parents who had dealt with the situation calmly despite the distress they were suffering.

Bozzie Sheffi, defending said: "There is a ray of light in an otherwise bleak picture, in that the defendant is beginning to show signs that he is amenable to treatment, and though late in the day, has accepted responsibility for possessing the pictures."

Judge Farrell told Munn: "You took her to the nappy changing area because it was one of the few places that was private. You took advantage of that and touched her for your own perverted sexual gratification.

"You were employed as a nursery nurse and as such a significant degree of trust was placed in you by parents."

He said that, in addition to the jail term, Munn would never be allowed to work with children again, must register as a sex offender for life, and be monitored under a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) indefinitely.

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