Robin Carter - Westmenston care-worker jailed for nine years for abusing vulnerable boys

Robin Carter, 70, now unemployed, of Lewes Road, Westmeston, East Sussex, was sentenced when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on April 26.

He had been found guilty in March of ten offences of indecent assault against three boys aged between 10- and 12-years-old in the mid-1990s, police said. Police say had Carter had been a residential child care officer at Ditton Place in Staplefield, West Sussex during the period the offences took place.

Ditton Place, which closed in 2002, was part of nearby Brantridge School, a residential special school catering for boys with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Detective Constable Gilly Sadler said; “Over 18 months Carter had used his status with vulnerable young boys, all with various problems, to groom and systemically sexually abuse him.

Sussex Police says it was made aware of the incidents in 2014 when a former pupil contacted the School saying he had seen Carter behaving inappropriately with a pupil.

Sussex Police say he was sentenced to six years for each of three offences, which will run concurrently. He was also convicted of a further six offences, each with a three-year jail sentence. The further offences will run concurrently to each other but will run consecutively to the six-year sentences bringing his total jail time to nine years. He was found not guilty of one offence of indecent assault on one of the boys, police said.

Police say he will also be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) severely restricting his access to children.

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