Newcastle social worker in charge of vulnerable children was a ‘predatory paedophile’ court hears

Published October 22, 2014 by JS2

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Brian Tansey was a residential social worker at special schools in Newcastle and Washington when he allegedly subjected boys to horrific sex attacks

A senior social worker trusted to look after vulnerable youngsters at special schools was a “predatory paedophile” who subjected two boys to brutal sex attacks, a court heard.

Brian Tansey was a residential social worker at schools in Newcastle and Washington when he allegedly abused two “troubled” youngsters.

Married grandfather Tansey, 69, denies carrying out the sex attacks at Feversham School, in Walbottle, Newcastle and Washington Hall School, in Washington, between 1984 and 1991.

Prosecutors claim he targeted two boys he was meant to be looking after because of their vulnerability.

One of the victims told how he was repeatedly attacked by Tansey in the staff room and staff bedrooms at the school in Washington and claimed he told him “This is how you can earn pocket money”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the alleged victim, now 43, tried to report what happened to him at the time but wasn’t believed.

The man is now serving life in prison and gave evidence against Tansey amid heavy security in the courtroom.

Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC told jurors they should not dismiss what the alleged victim claims happened to him simply because he has had a difficult life.

Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, said: “It’s a fact that predatory paedophiles commonly prey on vulnerable children with difficult backgrounds.

“You should not reject what he says because of the matters which make him an attractive victim.”

The court heard Tansey, who has four grown up children and seven grandchildren, has no previous convictions and appears to have lived a “decent and respectable life”.

He had been a chiropodist until becoming a social worker in his late 30s and was also a brother of an Anglican order and had done work for St John’s Ambulance.

Mr Greaney said: “To the outside world, in the mid 1980s he was a thoroughly decent man.

“It’s rational to suggest and emphasise, where a man has reached the age of 69 without criminal conviction and has done good work all of his life, it’s not likely he is a rapist of children, which is what the prosecution accuses him off.”

However the prosecutor said “something cynical lurks” beneath the outwardly respectable man.

And he said the alleged sex attacks had compounded the difficult starts to life the boys suffered.

Most of the youngsters at the two schools were in local authority care and had emotional and behavioural problems.

Tansey was working at Washington Hall School as a senior residential social worker.

One of the alleged victims attended the school between the ages of 12 and 14 and had a reputation for aggression and lying.

Mr Greaney said: “That may have marked him out as someone who was unlikely to be believed and who might be abused without much risk of comeback.”

Tansey was put in charge of looking after the boy and began abusing him, it is claimed.

The court heard he visited the youngster in his bed and subjected him to a painful attack.

Mr Greaney said: “Nowadays we would describe that as rape and that’s precisely what it is.

“He forced himself on a boy aged 12. He was crying because of the pain.

“The defendant told him this is how he could earn pocket money.”

The prosecution say the attacks were repeated and the victim said Tansey appeared to derive pleasure from inflicting pain on him.

Mr Greaney added: “The first complainant will say he tried to tell people but they did not take him seriously.”

The alleged victim told jurors he still has flashbacks to the attacks and said he turned to drink and drugs to “help him forget”.

He told of one of the attacks in the staff bedroom at the school.

He said: “I started crying and he just pushed my head into the pillow so I would not scream.

“That was not the only time he did it, he kept doing it at every opportunity he felt like it.

“It happened nine times in the staff room and staff bedroom.”

Tansey started working at Feversham School and is accused of attacking another vulnerable young boy there when he was 11.

It allegedly began on a school holiday in the 90s, during which unit leader Tansey is said to have attacked him in bed.

Mr Greaney said: “The boy describes the pain as horrific.

“He says the defendant told him he would harm his family if he told anyone.”

Within months he did complain and police interviewed Tansey, who claimed the boys had tried to pull his boxer shorts down as part of “boyish bravado”.

He admitted giving the boys wine but denied any sexual wrongdoing and the complaint went nowhere at that stage.

The court heard the alleged victim has also reported the alleged attack to probation officers over the years.

He has also racked up criminal convictions and has spent time in prison, the court heard.

Tansey, of Retford, Nottinghamshire, denies five counts of buggery and one of indecent assault.

The trial continues.

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