Burnside House was a childrens’ home in Skipton which has now closed. A male care worker, Stuart Thornton who worked at the home during the period of 1971 to 1976 has been investigated by the Police following complaints received from people who allege that he sexually abused them as children when they were residents in the home.
Stuart Thornton was arrested in November 2015 and was charged in Augsut 2016. In May 2017 he was convicted of offences against 3 boys and 1 girl during the 1970’s. He was convicted of 6 counts of indecent assault on a male person under 14, 2 counts of gross indecency with a child, 2 counts of indecent assaults and 1 count of buggery.
In July 2017 he was sentenced at the Bradford Crown Court and jailed for 19 years. On his release he will be on licence for 3 years and placed on the sex offenders register for life. An interim sexual harm prevention order will bar him from working with children.
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