Paedophile babysitter Michael Carroll from South Norwood sexually abused boy, 9, before bedtime

Child sex offender Michael Carroll

Child sex offender Michael Carroll

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Jurors at Croydon Crown Court took just over two hours yesterday to find a child sex offender guilty of attacking his latest victim.

Michael Carroll, 57, from South Norwood, was trusted by the family of the child, referring to him as “uncle” and having him over for part of Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

And he babysat for them and took them swimming.

But on June 3 last year when Carroll was babysitting he sexually abused one of the boys, who was then aged nine.

Before the boy undressed to take a shower at bedtime he cupped his hand over the boy’s genital area over his trousers.

And then when the child had come out of the shower and was dressed in a onesie Carroll abused him by putting his thumb and finger through a hole in the clothing to touch his penis.

Giving evidence at his trial Carroll denied the assault and said: “I said about this onesie, there were some wear holes and his mum had only just bought them about two weeks ago.

“I said show your mum and she can take them back to the shop and get new ones.”

And speaking about his victim he said: “On a number of occasions he would tell lies and take things from the fridge and leave it for others to get the blame.

“He could be a manipulative little boy.”

But the jury did not buy Carroll’s lies and as well as finding him guilty of sexual assault the jury also found him guilty of two counts of breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

This had been imposed on him at Bromley Magistrates’ Court in November 2004 and means he was not allowed unsupervised contact with children for 15 years and would have regular supervision visits.

He claimed he thought this order was only in force for five years.

During cross examination prosecutor Jeffrey Israel said: “After November 2009 you were still visited 21 times and you were asked are you having contact with sex offenders and you said no.

“You were asked are you having contact with children and you say no.

“That was a lie, wasn’t it?

“You were grooming these boys for sexual assaults weren’t you?”

The court heard details of previous offences dating back almost 30 years including indecently assaulting a boy two days after his 13th birthday in 1987.

And he was sentenced to a year imprisonment in 1998 for fondling the genitals of a six-year-old boy.

Carroll told the court when he was five years old he was abused by some 12 and 13 year old boys but did not want to go into detail.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on June 16.


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5:56pm Wed 14 May 14

Dani78 says...

dirty **** i sincerely hope he gets what for...... children are the most precious things brought into this world why would anyone want to harm them... #Scum
dirty **** i sincerely hope he gets what for...... children are the most precious things brought into this world why would anyone want to harm them... #Scum Dani78
  • Score: 3

6:21pm Wed 14 May 14

moonstone77 says...

I hope he gets life without parole! evil scum has tortured so many family's and mentally damaged them into never being able to trust others without wondering what if ever again!! it was a shame there isn't tough enough supervision to make sure that they cannot even get close enough to any child ever again. i know my friend was lucky that her son was brave enough to tell her what had happened straight away but the heartbreak they have all gone through waiting for justice to be served so they could find a little peace that he could never get to them again or other children may the judge be thinking about all those children he abused when it comes to his sentencing.....
I hope he gets life without parole! evil scum has tortured so many family's and mentally damaged them into never being able to trust others without wondering what if ever again!! it was a shame there isn't tough enough supervision to make sure that they cannot even get close enough to any child ever again. i know my friend was lucky that her son was brave enough to tell her what had happened straight away but the heartbreak they have all gone through waiting for justice to be served so they could find a little peace that he could never get to them again or other children may the judge be thinking about all those children he abused when it comes to his sentencing..... moonstone77
  • Score: 2

12:57pm Thu 15 May 14

Dani78 says...

Moonstone lets hope the judges shows him no mercy, but it seems you get more for a fight then you do for ruining a childs life now days.. makes you wonder what the judges do in their spare time when they hand down the lenient sentences,......
Moonstone lets hope the judges shows him no mercy, but it seems you get more for a fight then you do for ruining a childs life now days.. makes you wonder what the judges do in their spare time when they hand down the lenient sentences,...... Dani78
  • Score: -1

9:21pm Sat 24 May 14

dingdongkingkong says...

Dani78 wrote:
dirty **** i sincerely hope he gets what for...... children are the most precious things brought into this world why would anyone want to harm them... #Scum
As vile as the man is Dani78, it isn't your job to mete out vigilante justice to any offender you see fit, that's the whole point of the system. it would be like you causing a road accident and me saying "I'd quite like a car to run her over, that'd teach her..." it's disturbing and I've noticed people are increasingly retaliating like this, but it doesn't serve any purpose at all.

The system makes the calls, not you and not me.
[quote][p][bold]Dani78[/bold] wrote: dirty **** i sincerely hope he gets what for...... children are the most precious things brought into this world why would anyone want to harm them... #Scum[/p][/quote]As vile as the man is Dani78, it isn't your job to mete out vigilante justice to any offender you see fit, that's the whole point of the system. it would be like you causing a road accident and me saying "I'd quite like a car to run her over, that'd teach her..." it's disturbing and I've noticed people are increasingly retaliating like this, but it doesn't serve any purpose at all. The system makes the calls, not you and not me. dingdongkingkong
  • Score: 2

2:10pm Thu 29 May 14

trasie says...

Unfortunately DDKK, the system doesn't mete out the punishments to fit the crimes. The people who commit these crimes against children do so with some impunity because no-one really wants to believe that a person could abuse children they have entrusted to care for them. People will become more aggrieved as the punishments are not fit for purpose.
Unfortunately DDKK, the system doesn't mete out the punishments to fit the crimes. The people who commit these crimes against children do so with some impunity because no-one really wants to believe that a person could abuse children they have entrusted to care for them. People will become more aggrieved as the punishments are not fit for purpose. trasie
  • Score: -2

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