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Mental health worker jailed for 11 years for abuse of girls in his care

|News, Sexual offences

A former mental health care worker has been sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment for 21 counts of abuse against three highly vulnerable girls in his care.

Marcus Daniell committed the offences between October 2015 and June 2017 while working as a senior care assistant at a hospital in Torquay catering for young people with mental health problems.

His three victims were sixteen and seventeen years old at the time of the offences, and all had severe mental health issues.

Clare Smith, of the CPS, said: “Section 38 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 is an offence particularly designed to protect vulnerable people, and it is hard to imagine a more vulnerable set of victims than teenagers in a psychiatric hospital. The sentence of 11 years imposed today at Exeter Crown Court takes account of the serious nature of this activity and the harm caused to each of the victims by this offending.

“The victims and their families have assisted and cooperated with the police and CPS in this extensive and complex investigation. As a result, we have been able to build a strong case that resulted in guilty pleas. The CPS greatly appreciates the support of the victims and their families in bringing this difficult case to court and securing this conviction”.

Notes to editors

  • Clare Smith is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West.
  • Marcus Daniell (12/12/1973) was convicted of 21 counts of Sexual Activity with a Person with a Mental Disorder by a Care Worker, Contrary to Sections 38 (1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

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