Former head of children's home 'regularly abused boys'

Credit: Press Association

A 72-year-old man was today convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault on boys between February 1976 and March 1983.

Rodney Smallman, of Erica Close, Banbury, was found guilty by a jury at Oxford Crown Court following a two week trial.

The conviction relates to five victims, all of whom were boys under the age of 16 at the time of the offences.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Smallman ran a children’s home in Oxfordshire and lived in a separate building on the site.

During the trial, the court heard how Smallman would regularly abuse young boys in the home and touch them sexually.

This happened over an extended period and many of the victims said the abuse only stopped when they left the home.

One of the victims told police about the abuse in 2012 and following an investigation by the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, more victims were identified.

Smallman was arrested in February 2013 and denied the allegations. He was first charged in August 2013.

This has been an extensive investigation into the behaviour of a predatory paedophile who abused his position in the worst way imaginable.

Investigating officer, Det Con Joanne Waddington

Smallman will be sentenced on 12 January.