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Head of children’s home accused of having sex with young boys

By Mason White 2:52 PM January 19, 2015
Rodney Smallman 

By: Feng Qian
The head of a children’s home was arrested, charged and convicted of sexual assault after sexually abusing several young boys, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

The former head of the Oxfordshire children’s home appeared at the Oxford Crown Court, and was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison for sexually abusing the young boys.

73-year-old Rodney Smallman of Erica Close, Banbury, was convicted by a jury, of 15 counts of indecent assault after a two week trial at the Oxford Crown Court.

The offenses took place many years ago, when Smallman ran the children’s home in Oxfordshire.

One of the victims told police about the abuse, and following an investigation by the Thames Valley Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit, more victims were identified.

Smallman was arrested and he denied the allegations.

“This case involved sexual activity between the head of an Oxfordshire children’s home and four boys, all aged under 16 at the time of the offenses.

“As the head of the home, Rodney Smallman abused his position of trust and took advantage of his status to prey on young boys and sexually abuse them for his own sexual gratification.

“It is only due to the great courage of the victims that the despicable behavior of this man has been exposed. I would like to pay tribute to them for their strength and tenacity in coming forward.

“Smallman denied any sexual wrongdoing or inappropriate conduct, but after a two week trial at the Oxford Crown Court, he was found guilty of 15 counts of indecent assault despite his denials,” Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said.