Burnside House Children’s Home
Posted on: July 13, 2017
Stuart Thornton, an ex-care worker, has been jailed for 19 years after being convicted of a series of sex offences against children.
Stuart Thornton carried out the offences against children at Burnside House Children’s Home (now closed), Carleton Road, Skipton. The offences took placed between 1971 and 1976.
He was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court. He was jailed for 19 years, after which he will be on licence for three years. He has been placed on the sex offenders register for life.
Police stated that his youngest victim was just five years old. He denied the charges against him but was convicted in May 2017, after a two-week trial, of six offences of Indecent Assault on a male person under 14, two offences of gross indecency with a child, two indecent assaults and one offence of buggery. He was found not guilty on two charges of gross indecency with a child.
After the case a NSPCC spokesman said “Thornton used his power and trusted position as a carer to commit appalling sex crimes against children over many years. In a home that should have been a place of comfort and safety, he subjected his vulnerable victims to horrific abuse and controlled them through fear and punishment”.
It is understood that Burnside Children’s Home was a Local Authority run children’s home. It has now closed.
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