Stuart Thornton, 65, of Cowling, West Yorkshire has been jailed for sexually abusing 3 boys and a girl at the Burnside House Children’s Home in Skipton. The home is now closed. His offences were committed between 1971 and 1976 when he was employed at the home as a care worker.

Thornton was jailed for 19 years at the Bradford Crown Court on the 7th July 2017. On his release he will be on licence for 3 years. He will be placed on the sex offenders register for live and an interim sexual harm prevention order with bar him from working with children.

In May 2017 he was convicted of 6 counts of indecent assault on a male under the age of 14, 2 counts of gross indecency with a child, 2 counts of indecent assault and 1 count of buggery. He denied all the charges.

Detective Constable Gillian Gowling of North Yorkshire Police said, “He abused his position in the most horrific way possible and his victims have had to live with that abuse for years before seeing justice being done. I hope it gives them a small degree of comfort, knowing that he has finally been held accountable for what he did to them.”

“She praised the victims’ bravery and said “their courage means that Thornton is now facing the consequences of his sickening crimes”.

Jordans Solicitors are acting for clients who suffered abuse at Burnside House Children’s Home. Where a member of staff abuses a position of trust and commits an act of assault a claim may be possible. We would advise anyone affected to report their allegations to the Police and contact us if they want to pursue a civil claim.


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