Care worker is jailed for sex assaults on boys in 1980s
A former care worker from Surrey Quays who sexually abused two teenage boys at a children’s home in the 1980s has been jailed for 12 years.
Bryan Handley, 71, of Lower Road in Rotherhithe, was brought to justice after two of his victims contacted police in 2011.
Both were abused by Handley while teenagers living under his care at Orchard Lodge, a secure children’s home in south London.
The Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command (SOECA) managed to identify Handley through staff records and interviews with other witnesses.
Following a trial in October, Handley, who denied the charges, was found guilty of all offences, which relate to a period between 1984 and 1987.
He was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on Friday for two counts of buggery and four counts of indecent assault against boys aged 14 and 15.
Det Con Mark Tarrant said: “Handley abused his position of trust in a children’s care home. I would like to commend the courage of the two men, now aged in their 40s, who gave evidence in court.
“Although no prison sentence can ever make up for the physical and psychological damage caused by the appalling abuse they suffered, I hope the 12-year sentence given to Handley gives them some form of closure.”
Jailed: Bryan Handley