Care home resident who sexually assaulted staff given indefinite hospital order

Care home resident who sexually assaulted staff given indefinite hospital order

By David Parker | 08/10/2021

Care home resident who sexually assaulted staff given indefinite hospital order
Ackroyd Clinic, Moorgate

 

A CARE home resident who sexually assaulted members of staff has been given an indefinite hospital order.

Donald Crabtree (58) moved to Ackroyd Clinic in Moorgate from hospital and acted inappropriately towards female staff members in November 2019, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

The defendant, who also sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl while he was still living in the community, was found not fit to stand trial.

Instead, a jury was asked to find whether he committed the acts — and they found he did commit four counts of sexual assault against three care home workers.

He was found to have sexually assaulted the 12-year-old at a seperate trial.

Prosecutor Mr Michael Greenhalgh previously told the jury that Crabtree had sexually assaulted members of staff in separate incidents.

Crabtree grabbed a care assistant’s bottom four times in one day and made 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.”

Crabtree 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 also grabbed the woman’s crotch and tried to kiss her.

Judge Rachael Harrison gave Crabtree an indefinite hospital order under Section 41 of the Mental Health Act and said he would never be suitable for a prison sentence.

“He clearly has a mental disorder and a hospital order is clearly the most suitable method of disposing of this case,” she said.

Judge Harrison said that because of his mental health condition it would never be safe to release him.