Care worker is jailed for sex as­saults on boys in 1980s

The Wharf - - The Week - Laura En­field

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

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