Childminder dubbed 'Peter Pan nanny' jailed for sexually abusing children
A childminder who dubbed himself the ‘Peter Pan nanny’ has been jailed for sexually abusing three children.
Alexander Philo-Steele, 36, was convicted of nine counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 and two counts of assault of a child under 13 by penetration following a trial at Kingston Crown Court, which concluded in May.
Today [Thursday, 25 July] he was sentenced to a 14-year extended sentence, comprising a 12-year custodial sentence with an extended period of two years, at the same court.
Philo-Steele advertised his childminding services on a number of websites.
One advert read: “I am a fully trained and experienced male nanny. I specialise in early years care, education and development.”
He added: “I excel at providing high standards of attentive care. I am described as nurturing, reassuring and supportive.”
In September 2017, Philo-Steele befriended a single mother of two young boys.
To gain her trust, he had informed her that he had been studying for a master’s degree in childhood anthropology at Brunel University.
Philo-Steele went on to groom and sexually assault the two young boys.
After this had been reported to police, Philo-Steele was reinvestigated over an alleged historic sexual offence committed in 2003, against a boy who was six at the time.
Following a seven week trial, a jury found Philo-Steele guilty of sexually abusing all three victims.
Kunal Davé, from the CPS, said: “Alexander Philo-Steele held a sexual interest in young boys and acted upon his desires over a number of years.
"He preyed upon a single mother, gaining her trust by calling himself 'the Peter Pan nanny' and he aimed to sell himself as ‘attentive’ and ‘nurturing’ to prospective employers.
"Philo-Steele carried out a calculated campaign where he groomed and manipulated these young boys in order to fulfil his sexual appetite.
“He denied carrying out the sexual assaults, and subjected his young victims and their families to a trial where they had to give evidence and re-live the abuse.
“A sexual predator has now been taken off the streets where he can no longer harm young children. I hope this prosecution provides some comfort to the victims and their families.”
Notes to editors
- Alexander Philo-Steele (DOB: 01/01/1983) is from Earls Court in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea
- Kunal Davé is a Senior Crown Prosecutor from the rape and serious sexual offences unit in CPS London South.