Three social workers, Ivan McChleery, Alan Todd and Russell Garner who worked at Wisteria Lodge, the former Coventry Children’s Home, have been jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court following two trials that took place at Warwick Crown Court in September and November 2018. The men had previously denied the charges dating back to the 1990’s.

McChleery (77) was found guilty of indecent assault on a 15 year old boy in a caravan and jailed for 4 years. Todd (73) was found guilty of two child cruelty charges on a 15 year old boy and jailed for 9 months. Garner (59) was found guilty of two accounts of cruelty on a boy and girl, both aged 12 and jailed for 15 months.

Eight men had been charged with a total of 34 child cruelty and sex-related offences.

During sentencing, Judge Barry Berlin said there was a pattern of physical and psychological abuse at the home.

“There was a culture amongst some members of staff that saw children as dregs of society as who would believe them if they complained”

The NSPCC said victims had shown “tremendous bravery” by speaking out, adding the “case shows that abusers like these can be brought to justice no matter how many years have passed”.


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