Jailed: "dangerous sexual predator" who attacked woman in broad daylight locked up for 10 years after Echo's witness appeal

Bournemouth Echo: John Selder John Selder

A “DANGEROUS” sex offender who attacked a woman in broad daylight has been jailed for a decade after the Daily Echo printed a witness appeal.

John Selder fled for Brighton to start a new life after a CCTV image of him appeared in the paper in May.

But the attack on the woman, a rough sleeper, led police to two unsolved sex offences involving a 17-year-old dragged off the street and a six-year-old child, and he was arrested shortly afterwards.

The 34-year-old, who is originally from Holland but has been living in Spring Road, Boscombe, is feared to have attacked others in a two-year spree of sexual assaults.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison at Bournemouth Crown Court, but could serve up to 16 years if a parole board believes that he is still a danger to others.

Judge Peter Johnson said: “The catalogue of offending started in January 2011 when, having knocked on the window of a house, you then masturbated in the presence of a child who answered the knock to see what was going on.”

Months later, on May 20, Selder dragged a teenager off the street before sexually assaulting her.

“You attacked a young woman in the spring of her life,” said Judge Johnson.

“Having attacked her from behind, you made threats having dragged her up a driveway.”

However, both crimes remained unsolved until Selder struck again in May this year.

In the final incident, captured on CCTV, he attempted to rape a woman in the car park of the private Nuffield Health hospital in Lansdowne Road.

His victim managed to escape, and vital DNA evidence given to police linked Selder to his previous crimes.

Judge Johnson said: “You demonstrated ‘daring’, or a reckless disregard about being caught.”

Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Richard Skinner of Dorset Police said: “We believe that there may be other victims out there, and would encourage them to call us in confidence on 101.”

He added: “The CCTV photograph printed in the Echo led to the identification of this dangerous sexual predator.

“We believe that the photograph of Selder may lead to other victims coming forward.”

Selder, who winked at his long-term girlfriend as he began his sentence, pleaded guilty to sexual assault by penetration and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child earlier this year.

However, he denied a charge of attempted rape, and was found guilty following a trial.

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7:17am Wed 11 Dec 13

High Treason says...

He has got a girlfriend. I am amazed as she must have had some idea about him.
He has got a girlfriend. I am amazed as she must have had some idea about him. High Treason

8:49am Wed 11 Dec 13

ifordcherry says...

What a piece of sh1te !
What a piece of sh1te ! ifordcherry

12:15pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Kinzy says...

What a disgusting excuse of a human. Why on earth did he think he had the right to attack women and children like that? Makes me sick.
What a disgusting excuse of a human. Why on earth did he think he had the right to attack women and children like that? Makes me sick. Kinzy

1:31pm Wed 11 Dec 13

boby says...

Maybe his girlfriend would like to join him in prison .
Maybe his girlfriend would like to join him in prison . boby

6:08pm Wed 11 Dec 13

mikeymagic says...

Will see him back on here in 5 years as a re-offender no doubt. Scumbag.
Will see him back on here in 5 years as a re-offender no doubt. Scumbag. mikeymagic

8:47pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Mejulie1967 says...

I cannot believe his long term girlfriend stood by him and attended court, unless it was in disbelief of what he had been accused of and she and to listen to the evidence for herself ..
I cannot believe his long term girlfriend stood by him and attended court, unless it was in disbelief of what he had been accused of and she and to listen to the evidence for herself .. Mejulie1967

12:35pm Mon 16 Dec 13

karmaissweet:) says...

He has done the same in the Netherlands and he has raped his previous girlfriend, and has been abusing her. He is dangerous and more girls have been a victim i holland as well. He tried to choke his previous girlfriend as well. I am convinced that a lot of people will open their mouth now he is in prison. He has been a loverboy and a pimp and he was owning weapons. He is originally from Roermond in the netherlands. His
name is Johhnie Hubertus Gerardus Selder. He is dangerous and could even kill someone, he managed to fight with people and get them in a wheelchair so that they couldnt function normally. He is an
He has done the same in the Netherlands and he has raped his previous girlfriend, and has been abusing her. He is dangerous and more girls have been a victim i holland as well. He tried to choke his previous girlfriend as well. I am convinced that a lot of people will open their mouth now he is in prison. He has been a loverboy and a pimp and he was owning weapons. He is originally from Roermond in the netherlands. His name is Johhnie Hubertus Gerardus Selder. He is dangerous and could even kill someone, he managed to fight with people and get them in a wheelchair so that they couldnt function normally. He is an karmaissweet:)

12:40pm Mon 16 Dec 13

karmaissweet:) says...

sexual offender and abuser. He should be locked up for life. He is a sycopath and a lot of victims are scarred for life. His new girlfriend should run away as soon as possible because she is another victem before he will ruin her life. He will brain wash you and make you scared and tell you he loves you and wants to marry you. Then threaten you with a knife and abuse untill you do what he says. He will make you jealous with other girls!!! Any girl should run away!!!!!!! Just hope he doesnt escape prison because he has a lit of criminal friends that could help him. Police please lock him up forever!!!!
sexual offender and abuser. He should be locked up for life. He is a sycopath and a lot of victims are scarred for life. His new girlfriend should run away as soon as possible because she is another victem before he will ruin her life. He will brain wash you and make you scared and tell you he loves you and wants to marry you. Then threaten you with a knife and abuse untill you do what he says. He will make you jealous with other girls!!! Any girl should run away!!!!!!! Just hope he doesnt escape prison because he has a lit of criminal friends that could help him. Police please lock him up forever!!!! karmaissweet:)

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