February 2015

Children’s care home worker jailed after admitting child abduction & indecent images

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A care worker from Sutton Coldfield has been jailed for six months for abducting a child from the city care home where he worked.

Matthew Thomas, from Welford Road, pleaded guilty to child abduction and possession of indecent images at Birmingham Crown Court today.

The 37-year-old was arrested by Suffolk Police in April 2014 after being found in a hotel room with two teenage boys even though there was a Child Abduction Notice against him in respect of one of the boys.

At Birmingham Crown Court he admitted befriending and grooming a teenage boy at the care home in which he worked until his dismissal in 2013.

Analysis of Thomas’s mobile phone also revealed several indecent images.

Detective Constable Graeme Erskine, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “This was an investigation in which West Midlands Police and Birmingham Children’s Services worked together to bring Mr Thomas to justice.”

A recent campaign launched by councils in the West Midlands aims to raise the awareness of child sexual exploitation with a website full of information and advice.

For more information visit: www.seeme-hearme.org.uk .