August 2017: Now living in Crayford. He is visiting the Crayford and Bexleyheath Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation twice a week

February 2012

Paedophile pensioner jailed for abusing females at a Bexleyheath care home

A convicted paedophile caretaker who sexually abused dementia sufferers at a home where he worked has been jailed

Churchgoer Edward Fitzgerald, 73, from Whitehill Road, Dartford told police about the offences and has been sentenced to 12 years in prison

The married father admitted abusing three women in their seventies and eighties between May 2004 and September 2008.

Bosses at the home had previously warned Fitzgerald about his behaviour towards two other residents, in 2003 and 2008.

On the latter occasion the Jehovah’s Witnesses was caught in a locked bedroom with a resident.

Fitzgerald already had a conviction for molesting an eight-year-old girl, and further admitted at the Inner London Crown Court that he indecently assaulted a teenage girl in the 1970s.

The court heard he recently told a probation officer he believed he was trying to give his sexual assault victims pleasure.

Judge Patricia Lees said Fitzgerald sought “pure sexual gratification for himself”.

She said: “He didn’t meet them just once. He was the maintenance man.”

She told Fitzgerald: “You took advantage of three of the most vulnerable members of society who were there as residents of that home.

“Each of them suffered from advanced form of dementia.”

Fitzgerald admitted six counts of sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder, relating to three different victims.

He also pleaded guilty to an indecent assault on a child under 16 between January 1975 and December 1976.

Fitzgerald was ordered to remain on the sex offenders register for life.

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