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Last Updated: Friday, 13 January 2006, 19:42 GMT
Swimming teacher jailed for abuse
A swimming teacher from Devon has been jailed for abusing a seven-year-old girl whose family he baby-sat for.

Neil Selway, 23, of Monmouth Road, Honiton, was sent to prison for six years at Exeter Crown Court.

He was caught when the girl's parents came home early from an evening out and found him in bed with their daughter.

Selway admitted six sexual offences involving the girl, including rape and two charges of making the girl watch sexual acts for his own gratification.

Blubbering wreck

He also admitted performing a sex act in front of her and two charges of sexual assault by penetration.

Prosecutor Chris Bennett said Selway acted as the girl's swimming coach both at a public pool in East Devon and later privately.

He gained the confidence of the family and became a babysitter to the victim and her brother.

When he was caught, the girl's mother said she later found Selway in her kitchen crouched on the floor with a cutlery knife trying to cut his wrists.

She said he was a blubbering wreck and in an extremely distressed condition. After he had left, she called the police and he was later arrested.

Unsupervised contact

The court heard that Selway had no previous convictions and had made full and frank admissions when interviewed by the police.

Mitigating, Mark Shell said Selway had become emotionally attached to this one child and the probation report assessed him as of low risk of re-offending.

In addition to prison sentence, the car parts salesman was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life and banned from living with any child under 16.

He was also banned from having any unsupervised contact with children without their parents' knowledge and without revealing his sex convictions, as well as banned from seeking or obtaining employment with children unless supervised.

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