Babysitter in custody after rape of four-year-old child

A babysitter who was looking after a four-year-old has been detained on suspicion of raping a child. The 41-year-old man, from Bourgoin-Jallieu in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, was already on a sex offenders’ register, according to one media report.

The man has been charged with raping a minor under the age of 15 as well as possessing and habitually viewing child porn images, according to a statement by Grenoble public prosecutor Eric Vaillant.

He reportedly offered babysitting services in his spare time, during the day and in the evening on a daily basis, French news website BFM Lyon reported.

The suspect offered to look after children aged six months to 13 years, minding them, cooking for them and helping with household chores.

He reportedly advertised himself as an early years professional on a babysitting profile which boasted of experience looking after youngsters in the Nord-Isère and Rhône areas.

The four-year-old boy is said to have told his parents what he was being subjected to.

His parents then filed a complaint with the French public prosecutor’s office.

The child was allegedly raped a number of times, according to BFM Lyon’s report.

The man was taken into custody on Wednesday.

He was convicted of the possession of images of a child pornographic nature in 2012 and had been registered in a file of perpetrators of sexual or violent crimes.

The current investigation continues with police trying to find out if there are other victims.

The suspect is said to have looked after 200 children.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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