January 2019

Former children’s home boss Michael Robinson locked up for indecent abuse

A former children’s home boss was jailed for eight years as a judge said his abuse blighted boys for life.

After a three-week trial, Michael Robinson, 65, was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register and told he would never be allowed to work with youngsters.

A jury found him guilty of five charges of indecent assault and one of taking an indecent photograph of a child.

The offences were all related to his time at Hazelwood boys’ home, in Forest Fields, in the 1980s.

He was cleared of 16 other matters, including two allegations of serious sexual offences.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC said one victim suffered “a lifetime of embarrassment” after being spanked while naked.

Another case involved a boy standing blindfold while being touched, and the naked photo was seen by others.

The judge said that people were heavily influenced by childhood experiences and told Robinson: “The marks you left were all negative.”

He said Robinson, of Hermit Hill, Worley, South Yorkshire, would be put on suicide watch in jail and added: “The jury should know the trial was delayed for a week because you took the decision to kill yourself.”