A former children’s home manager who indecently assaulted boys in his care in the 1980s has been jailed.
Michael Robinson, 65, of Hermit Hill, Worley, South Yorkshire, was found guilty of five indecent assaults and one count of taking an indecent photograph of a child.
The offences were committed against boys, who were residents at Hazelwood Children’s Home, in Forest Fields, Nottingham.
Robinson had denied the allegations but a jury convicted him after two days deliberation. He was jailed for eight years.
The court heard how Robinson had taken the boys, who had experienced difficult childhoods, into his confidence. Once he had built up their trust, he would invite them to his home next to the children’s home, where the abuse took place.
The investigation was part of Operation Equinox which is investigating the non-recent abuse of children at children’s homes and other institutions in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Rob McKinnell, Equinox manager, said: “Michael Robinson was in a position of trust as the manager of a care home and had a huge influence on the boys who had to stay there because they had come from their own troubled homes. He had favourites amongst the boys, who he would allow to watch TV at his house, would take to the pub and allow them to stay up late. We would now call this grooming – and Robinson would expect the boys to reciprocate his favours by allowing him to indecently assault them.
“No one thought they would be listened to or believed.
“They relied on those around them to look after them, but Robinson instead of caring for them properly he took advantage of his power and trust and used it to abuse children for his own gratification.
“These boys have had to live with this for many years, often impacting their own mental health and personal experiences. I am pleased that today sees Robinson convicted and given a lengthy jail term.
“Today’s outcome cannot change what happened to these boys, but I hope this verdict can help them to move forward.
“I’m encouraged that we continue to see other people reporting matters from their own childhoods both in and out of the care system. They need to know that we will listen, and like today, we will seek to bring offenders like Robinson to justice.”