Boy, 17, denies rape and sexual abuse of eight children at Devon nursery

Boy, 17, denies rape and sexual abuse of eight children at Devon nursery

A 17-year-old boy has denied a string of sexual offences linked to a nursery in Devon.

The boy pleaded not guilty to one charge of raping a child and 13 counts of sexual touching said to have been committed against eight children.

All of those offences are alleged to have taken place at Jack and Jill Childcare in Torquay.

During a hearing at Exeter Crown Court, the boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, also denied two further rape charges unrelated to the nursery. It was held over Skype due to restrictions in place because of coronavirus.

Judge Timothy Rose fixed a trial date for September 21 and the case is expected to last two weeks.

He told the teenager: ‘You heard me go through a lot of dates and a lot of orders for the preparation of this case following your not guilty pleas.

‘You must attend the trial date that I have set, which is September 21, with an estimate of up to two weeks.’

Around 100 families were contacted by police back in November after a major investigation was launched.

The privately-run nursery has since closed down.

The boy, who is living outside of the Devon and Cornwall force area, was released on conditional bail.

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