Caretaker convicted of abuse at primary school

Published on: 21 Dec 2016

A CARETAKER has been convicted of abusing two boys at a primary school in South Gloucestershire.

Brian Kelly, 67, of Kingswood, was found guilty of five non-recent offences of sexually assaulting a child, following a trial at Bristol Crown Court. He will be sentenced on January 6.

The court was told Kelly tried to stop the children from speaking out by giving them presents.

Kelly committed the abuse on the boys on the school site where he worked as a caretaker and also looked after the school’s sports clubs. The victims were aged between eight and 10 at the time of the offences.

Downend Voice has taken the decision not to name the school or reveal the dates of the crimes to protect the identities of Kelly's victims.

Investigating officer Det Con Louise Macpherson said: “Brian Kelly abused his position at the school to abuse two pupils in an outbuilding within the school premises.

“These offences amount to a grotesque breach of trust and he would ask the victims not to disclose the offences he’d committed on them, sometimes giving them presents to help buy their silence.

“I’d like to praise the bravery of the victims in this case, as well as the affected school and local authority, for their unflinching support and assistance with our inquiry.

“I hope this case acts as a reassuring reminder to other victims that sexual abuse of any kind will always be thoroughly investigated. You will be believed and supported."

If you have any information you’d like to provide to the inquiry team, please contact North East Investigations via 101 and quote reference 5371015.

Victims of rape or sexual assault, recent or non-recent, can also self-refer to The Bridge, a sexual assault referral centre available 24/7 365 days a year. Visit their website at www.thebridgecanhelp.org.uk or call 0117 342 6999.

The Bridge provides medical care and emotional and practical support to anyone affected by rape and sexual assault. You can call The Bridge for help and decide about talking to the police later. 

You can also visit www.thisisnotanexcuse.org for details of charities and organisations who are experts in supporting victims.

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