May 2018

Former Rochdale social worker guilty of five sexual offences

A former Rochdale social worker has been found guilty of five counts of historic sex offences after appearing at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court on Thursday (17 May).

James Peter Gavin, a former social worker from Rochdale, was found guilty of five sexual offences – between 1970 and 1978 a boy was sexually assaulted in Rochdale including at Foxholes Children’s Home.

Gavin (20/04/1936), of College Bank Way, who pleaded not guilty, was found guilty with a majority jury ruling of 10-2 and 11-1.

He was charged with four counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14, three between 1973 and 1975, and one between 1978 and 1979, plus one count of attempted buggery of a boy under 16 (Sexual Offences Act 1956) between 1978 and 1979.

He is due to re-appear again at Minshull Street for sentencing next month.