Ex-manager at Nuneaton children's home jailed for historical abuse

08/08/2016

A 69-year-old man has today been jailed for nine years after he was found guilty at Warwick Crown Court of historical sexual and physical abuse against young boys who were all residents of a children's home in Nuneaton during the 1970s.

Robert Brown from Caister-on-Sea in Norfolk was the manager of the Manor Court Road Children's Home in Nuneaton, which was a home for teenage boys and girls.

During the period the defendant was a manager at the home, he subjected the victims, who were aged between 11 and 16 years, to physical and sexual abuse.

He would threaten, humiliate and beat the children if he perceived they had done something wrong. Brown would use his position to identify a child who he would then regularly sexually abuse both at the home and during a holiday in Great Yarmouth.

In 2012, one of the victims visited a medical professional and made them aware of the abuse which they had suffered. The police were notified and Brown was arrested. He was later charged with and found guilty of 14 counts of indecent assaults on a male person and four counts of cruelty to a person under 16 years.

Anamarie Coomansingh, Specialist Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit, said:

"Robert Brown was employed to provide support and ensure the safety of vulnerable teenagers, however, he abused his position of trust in order to prey on the children for us own sexual gratification.

"He used his status not only to intimidate and bully his victims, but to identify those that he would later sexually abuse.

"For over 40 years Brown had thought that he had got away with what he did to those defenceless children. Throughout this prosecution he has denied committing such crimes and instead claimed that the victims had colluded with one another to make up these allegations. However, thanks to the courage and support of those victims, the prosecution team were able to bring a dangerous sexual predator to justice and Brown will now have to deal with the consequences of his actions."