Care home resident accused of sex assaults on staff

Care home resident accused of sex assaults on staff

By Adele Forrest | 07/06/2021

Care home resident accused of sex assaults on staff
Ackroyd Clinic in Moorgate


A CARE home resident has gone on trial accused of sexually assaulting three members of staff.

Donald Crabtree (57) moved to Ackroyd Clinic in Moorgate from hospital and acted inappropriately towards female staff members in November 2019, Sheffield Crown Court heard today (7).

Judge Rachael Harrison told jurors that Crabtree was not fit to stand trial and therefore they could not return guilty verdicts. 

Instead, they must decide if he did or did not commit the offences.

Prosecutor Mr Michael Greenhalgh said Crabtree had sexually assaulted three members of staff in separate incidents.

Crabtree is accused of grabbing a care assistant’s bottom four times in one day and making explicit sexual comments towards her.

He asked her to perform oral sex on him and told her he would give her the “best sex of her life”, said Mr Greenhalgh.

The prosecutor said the woman had told Crabtree it was inappropriate and he had apologised, but a few days later he had followed her upstairs, smacked her bottom and made more lewd comments.

Giving evidence, the care assistant said Crabtree, now of Heslington Road, York, had been “quite self-sufficient care wise”.

She added: “He hadn’t been with us long before he started with this sexual behaviour.”

Under cross-examination, Mr Dermot Hughes, for Crabtree, asked the care assistant about the day she said his client had grabbed her bottom four times.

The woman said the first two incidents had been near a laundry basket and before lunch — but she couldn’t recall where or when the third and fourth incidents had occurred.

It is alleged Crabtree also grabbed another care worker’s bottom while she had been attending to him.

Mr Greenhalgh said Crabtree had told the third complainant: "Come on Miss, let's f**k", while rubbing his erect penis under his trousers.

“She ignored that but throughout work he made inappropriate comments towards her,” he added.

Crabtree is also accused of grabbing the woman’s crotch and trying to kiss her.

The trial continues.

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