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Former social worker jailed for sexual abuse 40 years ago

David Gallop sexually abused a boy in his care during the 1970s Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

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

86-year-old David Gallop pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and has been jailed for 21 months.

The attack happened after the victim suffered a breakdown in the family and was sent to Hazelwood Children's Home in Radford, Nottingham.

Gallop, who was assigned as his social worker, lured the boy to his flat in Wollaton by offering him money in exchange for painting model aeroplanes.

He later offered the child more money to pose for naked photographs.

On one occasion, Gallop sexually assaulted the boy, who jumped away and told him to stop.

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.

– Rob McKinnell, Nottinghamshire Police