Babysitter is cleared of raping and assaulting the girls he was looking after

Court News.
Court News.

A babysitter has been cleared of raping a young girl and indecently assaulting another he was looking after in Bedford.

Matthew Dotchin, now 36, was accused of carrying out three attacks on the first girl when she was aged between five and seven.

Last year the girl, who is now 14, wrote down what she said happened. When her mother read it she called the police, Luton Crown Court heard.

Mr Dotchin was also alleged to have indecently assaulted a seven year old girl he was babysitting between October 2002 and October 2003.

When she was aged 11 or 12, she told her mother, who called the police.

Dotchin was first arrested in 2008. He denied anything happened and no further action was taken.

When questioned by the police on July 4 he denied all the allegations.

Mr Dotchin, of Grosvenor Street, Bedford, denied three charges of rape of a child under 13 and one of indecently assaulting a child aged seven and was cleared by the jury of all the charges.