A former foster carer has been convicted of sexual offences at the Bristol Crown Court. He was sentenced to prison for 17 ½ years with a years extended licence. He was also made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order designed to prevent him from re-offending.

Stephen Banks 61, denied the allegations against him. He was found guilty of abusing a child in his care and another girl, when they were both under the age of 16 years. He was convicted of 3 sexual assaults against 1 girl together with showing her adult pornography and 2 sexual assaults against the 2nd girl. Photographs were also found in his possession of a 3rd child aged between 3 and 4 years being abused.

One of the complainants made a statement to the Court in which she detailed that;

“she couldn’t remember feeling happy when she was young, and suffered from rages and anxiety without initially realizing the reason was abuse at Banks’ hands.”

The Court heard that;

“Banks got one girl to touch his private parts, touched her intimately and showed her adult pornography. He also touched a second girl intimately over her clothing and retained a photo of her backside.”

The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Peter Blair QC said:

“You messed with their bodies and you messed with their heads. If you had pleaded guilty you would have received a substantial discount. You decided to take your chance, taking the coward’s course and challenging the truth of what they said. All of the time it was you who was a liar. They spoke of your unpleasant treatment of them. You messed with their bodies and you messed with their heads.”


Jordans Solicitors represent clients who suffered abuse as a child whilst in foster care. We have successfully secured compensation for numerous victims of abuse. If you would like advise about pursuing a civil case, our abuse team can be contacted free on 0800 9555 094.

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