90-year-old man jailed for child sex offences


A 90-year-old man has today been sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a child at a care home during the 1980s.

Frederick Cranston was employed at the Oakhill Assessment Centre in Birmingham when he first began to abuse the victim.

The defendant abused the victim at the care facility and at his home.

Following a police investigation into historical abuse at children's homes in the West Midlands, the victim was identified and questioned.

Cranston was later arrested and  pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to four counts of indecent assault on a male person, three of buggery and one of indecency with a child.

James Gormley, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: "Frederick Cranston used his position of authority to identify and then abuse a vulnerable victim for his own sexual gratification.

"To cover his crime, he paid the victim after each assault in order to buy his silence, and for 37 years Cranston thought that he had got away with what he had done. However, due to the courage displayed by the victim in supporting this prosecution, we were able to bring him to justice."