Ex-social worker jailed for historical sex offences

10/07/2013

A former social worker has today been jailed for nine years after he was found guilty of historical child sex offences which were committed against a resident of a children’s care home over 30 years ago.

Brian O'Leary, aged 66, was found guilty of four charges of indecent assault and one charge of a serious sexual assault.

Worcester Crown Court heard how between 1979 and 1980, O'Leary, in his capacity as a social worker, would visit the now closed Hereford and Worcestershire Social Services run children's home in Ledwych Road, Droitwich and take the young victim to his home and sexually abuse him.

His crimes only came to light when the victim visited his doctor on an unrelated matter and told him what the defendant had subjected him to. His doctor informed the police and following an investigation, O'Leary was arrested and charged.

Rachel Green, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Public Protection Unit, said:

"In his capacity as a social worker, Brian O'Leary was a man who was in a position of authority and trust. However, he abused his position of trust to sexual exploit a vulnerable child for his own personal gratifications.

"He carried out these heinous crimes over a 12 month period and it was only after the victim, now an adult, confided in his doctor on what had happened to him as a child was this matter reported to the police and O'Leary was arrested, charged and today he has been found guilty.

"We understand how traumatic this experience must have been for the victim, so I would like to pay tribute to his courage and thank him for his assistance with the prosecution case which has enabled us to bring this dangerous sexual predator to justice."