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Abused teenager's warning to single parents

'Paige' (posed by an actor) was abused as a child by her mother's partner Credit: Fixers

A teenager from Somerset, who was sexually abused as a child by her mother's partner, is warning single mums and dads to think more about who they let into their homes.

'Paige' - not her real name - was groomed and abused for three years from the age of eight, until her abuser was caught and sent to prison. He had threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone.

He was taking me out, buying me expensive gifts. And then it got a bit more serious where he would touch my hair and help me get dressed. He was trying to get close to me. But without my mum. After a year of gaining my confidence, the physical abuse started.

– 'Paige', Child abuse victim

Wiltshire teacher guilty of child sex offences

30 year old teacher, Alexander Thomas has been found guilty of child sex offences. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A secondary school teacher in Wiltshire has been found guilty of sexual offences against children.

30 year old Alexander Thomas of Queen Elizabeth Drive in Swindon was described by police as abusing his position of trust by grooming underaged children for his own sexual gratification.

Detective Constable Angela Spray said:

“Thomas groomed his victims and encouraged them to engage in sexual acts after gaining their confidence and trust.

“He has refused to take any responsibility for his actions and has forced his victims to relieve their suffering and give evidence in court."