Ex-social services boss on sex abuse charges
27 Oct 2012 09:00
FORMER social services boss Brian O’Leary, 65, has been accused of sexually abusing a boy living in a children’s home more than 30 years ago.
A FORMER social services boss has been accused of sexually abusing a boy living in a children’s home more than 30 years ago.
Brian O’Leary, 65, worked in social work in the Midlands for four decades and ran Wolverhampton City Council’s adult social services until his recent retirement.
During a career spanning 40 years, Mr O’Leary is believed to have also worked in children’s social services in Worcestershire.
The Birmingham Mail has learned that the former chief officer for older people and transformation at the Wolverhampton authority has been charged with historical child sex offences.
Mr O’Leary is alleged to have sexually abused a boy, who was living at a children’s home in north Worcestershire, between 1977 and 1980.
The home was run by Hereford and Worcester social services at the time of the alleged abuse. Mr O’Leary is believed to have worked in children’s social services at the time.
The veteran social worker, of Oakland Avenue, Droitwich, appeared before Worcester Magistrates Court on October 12.
He is charged with two counts of gross indecency with a boy under 14 between June 9, 1977, and June 11, 1978.
Mr O’Leary is also charged with four counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 16 between June 9, 1978, and June 11, 1979, and between June 9, 1979, and June 11, 1980.
The 65-year-old is accused of a further charge relating to a boy aged under 16 between June 9, 1979, and June 11, 1980.
The case was sent to Worcester Crown Court.
Mr O’Leary will next appear at that court on January 21 next year for a plea and case management hearing.
He will have an opportunity to enter a plea then.
The 65-year-old is believed to have joined Wolverhampton City Council in the 1990s. He rose to become Chief Officer for Older People and Transformation, one of the authority’s most senior roles.
He had overall responsibility for the authority’s care homes for the elderly when he retired around 2011.