A residential social worker at a Birmingham children’s home who carried out a 10-year campaign of sexual abuse against boys there has been jailed for five years.
Gilbert Lewis, who plied one of his victims with drink and cigarettes in return for sexual favours, committed a “gross abuse of a position of trust” he was told.
Lewis (55), of Wentworth Court, Kingsbury, Erdington, who had previously been found guilty by a jury at the city’s Crown Court following a trial of six charges of indecent assault, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life. He admitted another similar charge before the trial began.
The jury had acquitted him of a serious sexual offence and were unable to reach verdict on three other charges which were ordered to lie on file. The charges he either admitted or was convicted of related to five victims who were abused between 1982 and 1992.
In passing sentence Judge Robert Juckes QC, said the victims, aged between 11 and 15 at the time, were already badly damaged and ended up at the home, St John’s in Gravelly Hill North, Erdington, because it had been difficult to find other places in which they could be kept.