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Worker at children's home in Skipton jailed for 19 years for catalogue of sexual abuse

Worker at children's home in Skipton jailed for 19 years for catalogue of sexual abuse
Worker at children's home in Skipton jailed for 19 years for catalogue of sexual abuse


Worker at children's home in Skipton jailed for 19 years for catalogue of sexual abuse


A JUDGE has praised the bravery of a group of sexual abuse victims after their evidence led to a former carer at a children's home being jailed for 19 years.

Stuart Thornton, 65, who is now registered blind and walks with the aid of a white stick, took advantage of his position as a care worker at the home in Skipton to carry out the shocking abuse of three boys and a girl in the 1970s.

As he passed an extended sentence on Thornton today Judge Neil Davey QC spoke directly to the complainants who were in court for the hearing and commended them for coming forward.


"It is a brave thing to do for victims in their circumstances to come forward at all. And then having come forward to put themselves to public scrutiny in a public court and give their account in circumstances which are never easy," said the judge.

He added that it was only because of people like them that offenders like Thornton received their just desserts and he hoped they would now reach a degree of "closure and peace".

Thornton, of Spring Gardens, Cowling, near Keighley, was found guilty following a trial at Bradford Crown Court of a series of sexual offences including indecent assaults, gross indecency with a child and buggery.

The court heard that Thornton still maintained that his accusers were telling lies and Judge Davey highlighted his "utter lack of remorse" and the fact that he had tried to paint himself as the victim during the case.










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