August 2017

Social worker who raped girl at Blackpool children’s home jailed

A residential social worker who raped a teenage girl in a Blackpool children’s home has been brought to justice more than 20 years after his vile crimes.

Raymond Griffin, 59, of Brisbane Place, Anchorsholme, launched degrading attacks on a girl – who was in care because her father sexually abused her.

He is beginning a 19 year jail sentence today after a majority jury found him guilty of three counts of rape and seven of indecent assault at a trial in July.

Judge Robert Altham said: “It is right to say this behaviour constituted a campaign of serious sexual abuse by a person who was supposed to be taking care of someone who had already been sexually abused.

“It is difficult to imagine a more serious breach of trust than a person professionally charged with the duty of looking after someone already damaged by sexual abuse to then go on and abuse that person.”

Preston Crown Court heard the attacks date back to the 1990s.

Prosecuting, Richard Haworth told how the offences began shortly after the girl arrived into care, when Griffin touched himself inappropriately in front of her.

She was then assaulted in the shower room, called a “slut” and told she “needed to practice”.

He also attacked her in the smoking room and her bedroom, where he told her to “stop crying”.

She was abused on the sand dunes near Pontins and the grounds of disused Singleton Hall on a group trip from the home.

After one rape, which left her injured, Griffin told her: “You know you love it, I was doing you a favour.”

One morning, she was attacked in the lounge in her nightie and when she was sick, Griffin pushed her face into the vomit in anger.

The girl contacted Childline from a phone box reporting she had ran away from her care home due to the abuse, and threatened to jump under a train if forced to go back.

But she returned to the home and the abuse escalated. Police were able to trace the records when she bravely came forward in 2010, when Lancashire Police launched a probe.

Prosecuting, Mr Haworth said: “It came to an end only when she moved away from the children’s home.

He added there was “degradation and humiliation” to the victim, who was particularly vulnerable due to her personal circumstances, and an abuse of trust.