Social worker who indecently assaulted teenagers at Derbyshire children's homes jailed

A social worker who indecently assaulted six teenagers at two Derbyshire care homes in the 1980s has been jailed.

Thursday, 30th November 2017, 12:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 10:04 am
Duncan Ritchie.

Duncan Ritchie, of Highfields Way, Holmewood, was found guilty of 11 charges after a five-week trial at Derby Crown Court.

He has today (Thursday) been sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison.

Ritchie was found guilty of indecent assault on a boy aged 13, four counts of indecent assault on a girl aged 15, four indecent assaults on a girl aged 14 and two counts of indecent assault on a girl over 16, including incidents of burning and hitting with a cane.

The incidents took place at Greenacres home in Clay Cross and Lindenhurst home in Chesterfield when Ritchie worked there as a social worker.

DC Lisa Bailey who has led the investigation said: “This has been a lengthy investigation which has concluded with a positive result.

“The victims have shown immense strength throughout the trial and I hope that this conclusion will bring them some sort of closure to what has been an extremely difficult time for them.”