Beechwood care home worker jailed for 1980s abuse

23/03/2016

A former Nottingham social worker has been jailed for 20 years for abusing children in a Nottingham Care Home thirty years ago.

Andris Logins worked at Beechwood Care Home between 1980 and 1986, and was responsible for the supervision and care of vulnerable children. While he was working at the home, he took advantage of his position of trust and influence to sexually and physically abuse four of the children who lived there.

The first of his victims was a boy aged between fourteen and fifteen when the abuse took place. He had been bullied in the home. Logins moved him to a single room, initially acting as if he was comforting and befriending the victim. However, instead of being a source of support, he used the victim's isolation in a single room to commit a number of sexual assaults, and used threats to try and ensure the victim's silence.

His second victim was a teenaged girl, vulnerable from abuse earlier in her childhood, whom Logins targeted for sexual abuse, forcing himself on her and coercing her into carrying out sexual acts on him. On one occasion he raped her after she had been physically assaulted by another member of staff.

A third victim, a fifteen-year-old girl, suffered a prolonged campaign of abuse at Logins' hands. He subjected her to cruelty and physical abuse when she tried to run away, before coming into her room at night and sexually assaulting her, going on to rape and abuse her on several other occasions.

The fourth victim was a fourteen-year-old boy. Logins treated him with cruelty, subjecting him to regular physical abuse with sinister sexual overtones.

Each of the victims reported what had happened to them at different stages in their adult lives. Although they had been at the same care home, they had not been friends or stayed in touch. A detailed police investigation, carried out as part of Operation Daybreak, identified Andris Logins as the member of staff who was responsible for their abuse. He was prosecuted for four counts of indecent assault on a male person, six counts of indecent assault, four counts of rape and one count of child cruelty. He was found guilty by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Janine Smith, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands said: "Andris Logins subjected his young, vulnerable victims to a horrific ordeal when he had a duty to keep them safe. He was in a position of considerable trust. In committing these offences and preying on the vulnerabilities of the children he was supposed to be protecting, Andris Logins betrayed that trust.

"The victims in this case have shown determination and courage to ensure the man responsible for the abuse they suffered all those years ago has faced the consequences of his actions. I would like to thank them for the support they have given to this case. It is thanks to them that Andris Logins has been convicted and the seriousness of his crimes recognised with the sentence the Judge has handed down.

"This case has shown that the amount of time that passes after abuse has taken place need not be a barrier to ensuring abusers are brought to justice. When a victim reports abuse, they will be listened to, and where there is sufficient evidence to put before a jury, we will work as hard as we can to ensure their abusers are brought to justice."