Myriam Bamkin, 61 a former Social Worker for Nottinghamshire County Council sexually abused a 15 year old boy who was living at the Amberdale Children’s Home in Stapleford.
Bamkin was arrested in April 2016 when the victim reported his allegations to the Police. At this time Bamkin was still employed by the Council. She was suspended following the complaint.
Bamkin admitted indecently assaulting the victim in a gym at Amberdale Children’s Home just before he turned 16 years old and having consensual sex with a 16 year old on a camping trip. Nottingham Crown Court heard evidence that she had been “overheard having sexual activity in a tent with a child on a camping trip.”
Prosecutor Rebecca Herbert told the Court,
“concerns were reported at the home by a staff member but nothing much happened about it. It wasn’t taken any further.”
“During her time at Amberdale she had taken the boy to the gym for a work out and they played badminton.
They started to do that more frequently than any other member of staff. She spent time in his bedroom, sitting close to him watching TV. Having sex once in the gym was at her instigation and a culmination, in effect, of grooming behaviour by her for some months before that”.
Recorder Paul Mann QC on sentencing Bamkin to 21/2 years in prison and putting her name on the sex offenders register said,
“The head of the unit appeared to have told that member of staff to keep it to himself and it was swept under the carpet. Other members of staff reported their suspicions to the then head of the unit, who decided not to take it further, and told staff to keep their suspicions to themselves. Those staff felt let down by the head of the unit and also very let down by you.
On any view you seduced him.”
The investigation was part of Operation Equinox which is investigating non recent child abuse in children’s home and institutions in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
DC Vincent Clark said:
“The victim in this case was totally reliant on the adults around him after he went into a children’s home. But instead of caring properly for him Bamkin manipulated the teenager to get what she wanted. He has lived with this for a long time and I am pleased to say that having the courage to report Bamkin has resulted in a prison sentence today. Hopefully this outcome will give the victim some closure on what happened all those years ago.”
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