Nursery worker jailed for sexually assaulting pupil

|News, Sexual offences

A nursery worker has been jailed for 12 and half years after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a young child in his care.

James Riley, 42, was convicted at Warwick Crown Court on 7 February. He had already pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children at a hearing last year at Coventry Magistrates’ Court. On 7 February he was sentenced for both offences.

Riley was arrested in August 2017 after the parents of the victim told police their child had alleged to them they had been assaulted by Riley. The assault took place at a nursery in Coventry where he was employed.

In interview, Riley initially denied all of the allegations, however, the defendant’s electronic devices were seized and within a hidden folder on his laptop there were 181 files of child pornography.

Rhiannon Jones from the CPS said: “James Riley abused his position of trust for his own sexual gratification.

“Throughout the prosecution process the defendant denied the allegations put to him but due to the compelling evidence from the victim in this case, he has now been brought to justice.

“I would like to thank the young child and their family for coming forward and reporting this crime.”

Notes to editors

1. James Riley (dob 2/8/1975) pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children, contrary to section 1 Protection of Children Act 1978 on 3 November 2017 at Coventry Magistrates’ Court. He was found guilty on 7 February at Warwick Crown Court of one count of assault of a child under 13 by penetration, contrary to section 6(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
2. The trial started on Monday 5 February.

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