Sheffield babysitter found guilty of sexual assaults on two boys

Alex Green pictured outside Sheffield Crown Court.
Alex Green pictured outside Sheffield Crown Court.
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A Sheffield babysitter has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two boys.

Alexander Green, aged 31, of Crosspool, was convicted by majority verdicts of 10 counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.

Six of the charges relate to one victim and four to another.

But following more than seven hours of deliberation at Sheffield Crown Court, the jury found Green not guilty of all charges relating to another complainant and were unable to reach verdicts on alleged offences relating to a fourth complainant.

Among the charges Green was found not guilty of was one count of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Judge Paul Watson QC discharged the jury in relation to the outstanding verdicts and said not guilty verdicts will be entered in relation to them in due course.

Judge Watson told the jury that this is the second time the victims have had to give evidence in the case after a retrial was ordered in the original hearing.

The court was told that the families of the complainants had indicated they did not wish to undergo a third trial.

He remanded Green in custody ahead of him being sentenced in November.

Further information will be collected about Green’s autism prior to the next hearing.

Judge Watson told Green, who stood in the dock as the verdicts were read, he will be sent to jail for a ‘significant’ amount of time after being convicted following a trial that started last week.

He said: “You must expect a custodial sentence - nothing else can be justified.”

The court had previously heard that Green had ‘abused his position of trust’ to carry out the assaults while he was in his 20s.

He had denied 23 counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 and one count of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Green told the police he ‘wouldn’t do a thing like that’ and denied in court that he had touched any of the boys inappropriately.

But he did say he had ‘lots’ of physical contact with the boys.

“I would hug them, play with them which could be wrestling, play-fighting, pillow fights something like that,” he told the jury.

He said the contact included a ‘night-time routine’ of rubbing their bellies.

Judge Watson thanked the jury for their service in the case and praised both the prosecution and defence counsel for the way in which the trial has been handled.