Young boys abused after being placed in foster care

Published: Thursday, 21st August, East Lothian Courier

TWO young boys were subjected to years of sex abuse after being placed in foster care.

Kenneth Wilson preyed on the children from the age of five and six after “teaching” them how to perform sex acts.

Wilson, 27, of Dunbar, admitted sexually assaulting one youngster over a nine-year period and indecent behaviour towards a second boy, when he appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh on Monday.

Advocate depute Claire Wilkinson said: “These offences have had a devastating impact on both victims.

“They were placed in foster care because of neglect and mistreatment at a very young age, only to find that they were even less safe in their new home.”

She said the boys came from “a very troubled background”.

Their mother became a drug addict and moved to London and the father was unable to cope with them.

The advocate depute said the children were put into care with families.

She added: “After extensive social work intervention, it was decided to place the children into permanent care away from their family.”

The two boys were placed into foster care with the mother of Wilson.

Miss Wilkinson said: “During their time in foster care, they had little by way of toys or personal possessions, were noted to be poorly clothed and were regularly placed in a box room as punishment.

“Over the years their behaviour deteriorated both at home and at school but this was put down to their difficulties from early childhood, rather than any current issues,” she told the court.

But Wilson was subjecting both children to sexual abuse which took place at a house in the Lothians and abroad. He showed both children how to perform sex acts on him.

Miss Wilkinson told the court: “Both victims tried to block out the abuse by the accused and although they were both aware of what was happening to the other, they did not discuss it.”

“As the abuse of both commenced when they were very young, the accused taught them what to do and they did not realise that this was not normal behaviour until they were much older,” she said.

“They had no one whom they could tell about the abuse as they knew no adults who they could trust. Both feared what would happen if they told anyone and were scared of the accused,” she told the court.

The younger boy was eventually put into “emergency respite care” with a woman because of his worsening behaviour. He was supposed to stay for a weekend but refused to return to his foster home.

He was later joined by his brother who had run away and told the social work department he did not want to stay there.

The advocate depute said it was only last year that the younger boy felt safe enough to reveal to the woman now looking him after that he had suffered sexual abuse from Wilson. The older boy also broke his silence over his ordeal.

Miss Wilkinson said: “Both described feeling relieved that someone now knew about what had happened to them and believed them.”

One victim described Wilson as “sneaky”, coming into his room when no one else was about.

Police and social workers were contacted. Police later interviewed Wilson who at first denied the allegations but later admitted the sex crimes.

Wilson pled guilty to abusing one boy between 1997 and 2006 and the other child between 1997 and 2005.

The Crown accepted pleas of not guilty by Wilson’s mother, Linda (47) to charges of neglecting and ill treating children.

Defence solicitor advocate, Jim Keegan, said Wilson was aware he was liable to face a prison sentence but asked that the first offender be granted bail.

Temporary judge, Roger Craik QC, agreed to release him on bail, but said:

“These are serious matters that you have pled guilty to.”

The judge deferred sentence for the preparation of a background report and risk assessment.

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This seems to be a universal problem...

“They were placed in foster care because of neglect and mistreatment at a very young age, only to find that they were even less safe in their new home.”

She said the boys came from “a very troubled background”.

Their mother became a drug addict and moved to London and the father was unable to cope with them.

The advocate depute said the children were put into care with families.

She added: “After extensive social work intervention, it was decided to place the children into permanent care away from their family.”

The two boys were placed into foster care with the mother of Wilson.

Yet another case, this time in the UK, proving the children of foster care parents are harming the very children promised protection.

Meanwhile, what was blamed for the abused children's deteriorating behavior?

“Over the years their behaviour deteriorated both at home and at school but this was put down to their difficulties from early childhood, rather than any current issues,”

Had this case been one that was had an "Aggressive Adoption Recruiter", helping the state find "forever families" for those in need of better, safer living conditions... would this mother still be deemed a fit parent and qualified to keep another family's children?  What are the chances, had these kids not run away/refuse to return to their foster home, these sex crimes would have been reported and investigated by social workers?

In Court Today

No one mentioned that my daughter, who was just rescued from a foster home and placed with loving friends, was
sexually molested twice in that foster home... But then the loving friends went to the Guardian Ad Litem  afterwards
and told her all about what happened to my daughter.  SHE (her lawyer) had not been told of the abuse and was
very glad to know!
Why is my daughter not important to the ones who are there to MAKE SURE she is safe?  Why was there NO ONE
from your adoption agencies around to find out if you were safe?  In my home, my children were NOT abused... they
were victims of my own victimization by the ice-man, who was supposed to love and keep his family safe.
I take my blame!  Why do the PTB not have to take blame for what they are to blame for? 
You were placed but never checked up on... My own children were placed but never checked up on...   Could your
abuse or my children's abuse been prevented or stopped?  At what point (besides no adoption) was there the
ability to do this for you and for my children?
I am so grief stricken over all of this!  My heart breaks for all of you here! 
I was blasted by the judge because I had to make the decision to place my son away from home to keep my daughter
and other small son safe.   She didn't know of my visits and my tears of anguish.  She doesn't know about my being
my sister's legal guardian until her death (spastic quadriplegic mentally retarded) and the horrendous pain of knowing
my parents didn't care about her!  My son is in the same house my sister was in and I know the people there and they
remember me and how I cared for my sister.  All the judge knows is that SHE has a son with C.P. and he is at home... how
DARE anyone else make a different decision than hers?!!!  Yeah, life is so easy.

"I can be changed by what happens to me, I refuse to be reduced by it." M.A.
One Step Up From Bottom
Teddy

To Far.

Im Melissa Sharp
Aka The Sister of these two boys
Daniel & Darryle Sharp
We Were Place Under The Wilson Care not due to the fact My Mother ( Melanie Sharp )
Took drugs.
No.
She couldnt cope with all of us
Me Daniel darryle siobhan and justin At That time
Linda & George Wilson Are nothing but scumbags who took
The money for us and spent it on lavish holidays
Dogs & Cars. (Four Dogs) 5 cars.
We were undernourished & Poorly clothed some days
I ould Barley Get Up In The Morning Cos I Was So Hungry
At School My Behavour Worsened As my Brother Darryle Was Placed Into A Differernt
Care Home.
Linda slightly became aware of what she was Doing but continuisly still hit us an kept us at heel 24/7.
Daniel Soon Left After.
SOme of the stuff they done was leave us in a box room with no light and a lock on the door.
We had hardly any toys And playe dwith bits of paper often,
Quite A Lot of the time we were grounded for stealing food because we were so hungry..
We Werent Aloud Contact With Any Imediate Family
Or Presents Or Stuff From Our Real Mother.
I Have Now Been Placed into a new care placement,
And new school (3rd) & (2nd ) Care Placement,
That Avuse Went on for two long & Lina wilson should be ashamed
I Just Want People To Know The Truth & Not What The Media Have Wrote..

From Melissa Sharp

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