Maurice Berry, 64 a former Deputy Officer in charge at May Lodge Children’s Home in Scarborough has been jailed for 13 years following on from a week’s long trial at York Crown Court.

He was charged with 18 offences including 13 counts of indecent assault, three counts of indecency with a child and two counts of rape over a period of about a year in the 1970s. The jury found Berry guilty of all but one of the 18 counts, including the rapes of a teenage girl.

Berry is the second man to have been found guilty for the rape and systematic sexual abuse at the home. In May, Raymond Vasey, 72 from Darlington a former care worker was also jailed for 17 years for raping and sexually abusing young girls there.

Berry raped one of the girls following a “grooming campaign” in which he showered her with compliments and pretended to be her boyfriend. He also sexually abused two younger girls after sneaking into their room at night or luring them into his own room.

A third man John William Laister, 77 only the other week pleaded guilty to 14 sexual offences, including indecent assault and gross indecency, against young girls at May Lodge in the 1960s/70’s and who will be sentenced on 3 September 2019.


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