Humberside Police have welcomed the news that a farmer has been jailed following an investigation into sexual abuse at an East Riding care home.

Albert Marvin, 75, has been jailed for a total of seven years after pleading guilty to an indecent assault at the home and two further indecent assaults in Leicestershire.

He was investigated by Humberside Police as part of Operation Reno — the inquiry into historic abuse at the former St William’s care home in Market Weighton.

The investigation into alleged abuse at the home was launched in 2010, sixteen people were investigated as part of the inquiry and files were submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service in 2013.

A police spokesman said: “We are pleased with this result and for the complainants involved in the cases.

“We look forward to the main Operation Reno case, which continues and will commence at trial later this year.”

Marvin admitted indecently assaulting a 14-year-old boy at the care home when he appeared in court in November. On the same day, Marvin pleaded not guilty to two further indecent assault charges committed in Leicestershire.

A trial date was set for January but he admitted the offences before the trial began.

Marvin was a farmer at St William’s care home in the early 1970s. The offences all took place between 1973 and 1983 and the two victims in Leicestershire were boys aged between 12 and 15 years old.

Marvin was sentenced to three years in prison for the indecent assault at St William’s and four years for the two offences in Leicestershire.
Three other men have been charged as part of the investigation into abuse at St William’s and are due to stand trial on October 5. The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1973 and 1993 and involve a total of 20 victims.

Humberside Police said the charges followed a “very detailed and thorough investigation” into alleged sexual abuse committed at the St William’s home.

James Carragher, 74, a former principal at the home, has been charged with 47 counts of indecent assault, three counts of attempted buggery and seven counts of buggery.

Anthony McCallen, 68, a former chaplain, is accused of 24 counts of indecent assault and eight counts of buggery.

Michael Curran, 61, has been charged with one count of indecent assault and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The home cared for troubled boys from the 1960s until it closed in 1992.

David Gibbs, Chartered Legal Executive at Jordans Solicitors, who represents over 140 victims of physical and sexual abuse at St Williams, said, “This represents welcome news too many of the victims of abuse at St Williams and indeed to many of our clients.

Marvin was one of a huge number of people at St Williams alleged to abused literally hundreds of vulnerable boys in their care. His conviction is the latest, following James Carragher’s convictions in 1993 and 2004, and we are hopeful that he, along with the other abusers on trial with him, will face justice later this year and help to give closure to some of those victims of abuse.”

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