June 2010

Child sex fiend sent to prison

A RETIRED children’s home worker and music teacher from Deal who sexually abused two boys has been jailed for 12 years.

Andrew Chambers, 67, was sentenced at Black Friars Crown Court on Monday having been convicted last month of eight counts of indecent assault.

Predatory paedophile Chambers abused one of the boys, who was eight at the time, while working at the Hollydale children’s home in Catford between 1978 and 1983.

The victim, now 42, came forward with the allegations after seeing Chambers at a club in Deal.

As police carried out their investigations, a second man, now aged 38, came forward and claimed he too was abused as a child by Chambers, during music lessons.

Officers said vile Chambers would take his first victim out of his dormitory while the other children were asleep and abuse him in the night-duty bedroom.

Sometimes, he would take him to his home address, which he shared with his mother, and abuse him in his bedroom.

Police said Chambers groomed his first victim by shielding him from bullying at the home and regularly offering him money and sweets.

On April 28, Chambers was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault upon his first victim and five counts of indecent assault on his second.

Prosecutor Claire Ward said after sentencing: “These offences were committed against two victims over 30 years. They represent a gross breach of trust against children.

“Thanks to the courage of the victims in making statements and being prepared to give evidence, we have successfully managed to bring the perpetrator to justice many years after he had, no doubt, thought he had got away with it.

“Andrew Chambers is a predatory paedophile whose actions have impacted for ever on the lives of his victims.

“I hope that the sentencing provides them with some comfort and I would urge anyone who has suffered sexual abuse to come forward knowing that the police and Crown Prosecution Service will take you seriously.”