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Former social worker jailed for sexual abuse 40-years-ago

October 10, 2018
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Former social worker jailed for sexual abuse 40-years-ago

A former social worker who sexually abused a boy while in his care in the 1970s, has been jailed.

David Gallop, 86, was yesterday (Tuesday 9 October 2018) sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault.

The teenager met Gallop when he was sent to Hazelwood Children’s Home in Radford after his family broke down. Gallop, who was assigned as his social worker, lured the boy to his flat in Wollaton by offering to pay him in exchange for painting model aeroplanes. He later offered the child more money to pose naked for photographs.

On one of the visits to the flat Gallop’s behaviour escalated and he sexually assaulted the boy who jumped away and told him to stop.

The boy, who had suffered a traumatic home life before going into care, ran away shortly after leaving a note for Gallop asking him to tell his family that he was going away.

The prosecution was brought by Nottinghamshire Police’s Operation Equinox team, the force’s ongoing inquiry into non-recent sexual abuse.

Senior Investigating Officer Rob McKinnell said: “I hope today’s outcome supports the victim in moving on with his life after years spent dealing with the impact of what Gallop did.

“Further to that, I hope that anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse at any time and wants to report it, feels that they can. We take those reports seriously and we’re committed to fully investigating them.”

Call police on 101 or you can contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000

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