Bruce McLean 62, a former care home worker, has been found guilty of sex offences on the boys that he cared for between 1974 and 1991.

After a 4 week trial at Chester Crown court, McLean was found guilty of 19 counts of indecent assault against 3 boys. The Jury failed to reach a verdict on a further 14 charges and the Crown Prosecution Service will decide over the next week whether a retrial in respect of these charges will take place.

McLean denied 33 charges of indecent assault, buggery and attempted buggery against 8 boys between the ages of 7 to 14 years old. It is alleged that the offences were committed when he worked at the Taxal Edge Children’s Home in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire between 1975 and 1978 and at the Kilrie Children’s Home in Knutsford, Cheshire from 1979. His position in the homes allowed him to “take the place of a parent to vulnerable children, often from challenging and troubled family backgrounds.”

McLean has already served a 9 years prison sentence for sexual abuse of boys in his care at Kilrie Children’s Home in 1997. He was found guilty of 10 counts of indecent assault. Mclean denied the charges against him.
The Court heard that McLean would gain the trust of the young boys by “giving them gifts and treats such as trips to Manchester United’s Cliff training ground.” He would also take the boys to a factory where he got sportswear that he gave to the boys. The Prosecution said, “these treats were cynically designed to buy a form of silence from those he abused.”

One of the victims stated that he was abused;

“in McLean’s accommodation after being taken to watch a training session.”

Another described;

“being taken in his care to the grounds of a large house in Nantwich where he was abused and warned that if he said anything he could end up like another boy buried in the grounds.”

Judge Patrick Thomson has told McLean that he must prepare himself for a possible custodial sentence.


Jordans Solicitors represent client’s who have suffered abuse as children whilst resident in Children’s Home. If you have been affected by anything in this article we would urge you to report your allegations to the Police and contact us to pursue a civil claim on your behalf. You can either contact us free on 0330 300 1103 or request a call back and a member of our team will contact you.

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