Care worker jailed for abusing vulnerable young boys

|News, Sexual offences

A man who sexually abused children in the care homes where he worked has been jailed for 15 years.

Bruce McLean
Bruce McLean

The Crown Prosecution Service said that Bruce McLean, 62, abused children in the 1970s and 80s when he was a residential care worker at Taxal Edge care home in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire and Kilrie care home in Knutsford in Cheshire.

He also abused a boy who was a resident at Rosebank care home in Warrington when McLean’s father worked there. The boys he abused had all been placed in the care homes by local authorities for their protection.

In November 2018 he was found guilty at Chester Crown Court of 13 charges relating to four victims, but the jury could not reach a verdict on the other charges. On 25 July 2019 he was found guilty of nine counts of sexual assaults against four victims. He was acquitted of all counts of assault against another complainant.

Today at Chester Crown Court (2 September 2019) he was sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison and was told that he will remain on the Sexual Offenders Register for life.

McLean was previously sentenced to nine years in prison for similar offences against children. In 1997 he was convicted of 10 offences of sexual assaults against children. The recent charges followed an operation by Cheshire Police in 2016 to look into further allegations against him.

Rachael Barber, of Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Bruce McLean sexually abused vulnerable young boys that he was supposed to protect. They had been placed in care and were particularly vulnerable and easy to exploit.

“McLean came across to these impressionable boys as someone they could turn to. He had friends on the Manchester United Football team and regularly took boys in his care to watch them train. He would also buy them presents and clothes.

“These vulnerable children enjoyed the attention but McLean’s motives were sinister. Some of the victims have since struggled to lead emotionally healthy lives and have lived for years with this.

"The Crown Prosecution Service would like to thank them for their courage in helping bring this prosecution and hope that the verdicts and sentence bring some sense of justice.”

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