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UK Female Predatory Paedophile, Carole Clarke, Pleads Guilty To Indecently Assaulting Young Children

Posted on: October 13, 2009

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16:33 10/10/2009

October 7th 2009

A FEMALE former teacher is facing jail after sexually assaulting young children she had followed into public toilets.

Carol Clarke, 46, (pictured left) was described by police as a “predatory paedophile” after she admitted sex attacks on boys and girls – most aged between four and seven – in North East Lincolnshire, England, UK.

She was acting alone.

Police were today quick to reassure parents, stressing that incidents involving a solitary female paedophile were “extremely rare” – occurring in only about five per cent of sex abuse cases.

Clarke, of Cromwell Road, Grimsby, worked as a part-time tutor for adult students at Franklin College in Grimsby between October 2003 and April 2007 and also taught adults from home.

However, the offences relate to younger children, dating as far back as 1992.

On the day she was due to stand trial at Grimsby Crown Court, Clarke admitted following children into public toilets to assault them.

The official charge is worded as “causing a nuisance to the public in North East Lincolnshire by, over a period of years, up to January 2009, following children into public toilets for the purpose of indecently assaulting them”.

She also admitted two counts of indecently assaulting a child during or before June 1992 in North East Lincolnshire and three charges of sexually assaulting a girl under 13 during or before August 2008.

One of the sexual assaults occurred in a public toilet in Grimsby’s Market Hall, with two others occurring in public toilets in Woodhall Spa. Six other counts of sexual assaults, which she denied, will not be pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service but will remain on file.

The exact number of offences and victims is not known, but, the court heard that she told police she had committed about 100 offences on a small number of children.

The court heard her offending came to light after she sought help from mental health teams, who alerted police.

She was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on December 14.

Representing Clarke, David Lee said: “She was recognising the feelings that she had and was trying to get as much therapy as she could.”

In the subsequent investigation, detectives from Humberside Police worked with officers from the behavioural analysis unit of the national Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

Det Sgt Stewart Watson said: “Predatory paedophiles such as Carol Clarke are rare.

“Experts agree that women commit only a fraction of child sexual abuse but as little is known about female offenders, it is difficult to be accurate.

“There are claims that between five per cent and 10 per cent of abuse against pre-pubescent children in the UK is committed by females. However, only about five per cent are thought to involve a woman acting alone, like Clarke.

“There are still those members of the general public and even some experts who still ignore women’s capacity for sexual abuse.

“Thankfully education is challenging these beliefs.”

Franklin College principal Peter Newcome said: “She was employed as a part-time tutor for part-time adult learners, teaching English for speakers of another language.

“She taught very much in the open with people around and had no students under the age of 19.”

The case comes just days after nursery worker Vanessa George admitted sexually assaulting children in her care in Plymouth – a case which shocked the nation.

Police and child protection experts reassure North East Lincolnshire residents that predatory paedophiles are “extremely rare”



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