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Dean Gathercole – Ex Nottingham Social Worker jailed for 19 years for sexual assaults against young girls from a Nottingham Children’s Home (Amberdale)

Posted on: May 8, 2018

An Ex Nottingham Social Worker, Dean Gathercole, has been jailed for 19 years for sexual assaults against young vulnerable girls from a Nottingham Children’s Home.

Dean Gathercole, who denied the charges against him, was convicted by a jury on four counts of indecent assault and three counts of rape following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court. He was found not guilty on two counts of indecent assault. He was jailed for 19 years on 4th May 2018.

The two female victims were young girls at the time, aged 15 and 16 years. They were in Local Authority care and resident at Amberdale Children’s Home, which was located in Stapleford, Nottingham.

One of the victims approached police in 2000 and made complaints of sexual assault against Gathercole. It is understood that he was arrested, but denied any wrongdoing. No charges were brought against him at the time – a decision taken by the Crown Prosecution Service. Nottinghamshire Police came across the 2000 complaint when investigating a fresh complaint against Gathercole in 2014. The previous complainant was traced by Police and gave evidence against him in the criminal trial.

Gathercole will now be on the sex offenders register for life.

Uppal Taylor Solicitors are currently advising former residents of Amberdale Children’s Home. If you wish to speak with a solicitor in the strictest of confidence call 0115 982 0770