A man who sexually abused children at a care home where he worked in the 1980s has been jailed for 20 years.
Andris Logins, 57, is the first carer to be convicted as part of a police inquiry into historical abuse at children’s homes in Nottinghamshire.
He was aged 22 to 27 when he abused the children – two girls and two boys – at Beechwood Community Home in Mapperley.
The former social worker was found guilty of 17 charges at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.
Police became involved when a woman went to officers and told them she had been raped by Logins when she was 15.
His trial heard Logins had photographed one colleague twisting a boy’s heel and burning him with a cigarette. On the back of the photo he had written: “Childcare at its best”.
Det Insp Mandy Johnson said the “brutal” regime at the Nottingham care home made children too afraid to report abusive staff.
“Punishments were quite brutal, people being kicked and punched, and split lips and bloodied noses, which made it very difficult for the children to be able to go to staff to disclose what was happening to them,” she said.
Sentencing Logins, Judge James Sampson said he had committed “a grave breach of trust”.
“What should have been a safe haven was in fact a home from hell,” Judge Sampson said. “You were compliant in physical violence, you dished it out in a sadistic fashion.
“You befriended, groomed then sexually abused them.”
Prosecutor Mary Prior QC said Logins would develop a caring rapport with his victims before abusing them.
In his evidence, Logins, of Stiles Road, Arnold, Nottingham, accepted there could have been abuse at the home but was adamant it was not carried out by him.
He claimed his four victims “had got the wrong man” and suggested the descriptions given could have fitted other men who worked at the home.
One of the male victims was 14 when Logins dragged him into his office, punched him until he “cowed on the floor”, forced him to undress and then stared at his penis.
Logins was convicted of child cruelty in relation to this.
His victim told the BBC: “All I remember is crying, thinking to myself why is he doing it to me?
“Every day is now a challenge to get up. I’m off work at the moment with stress.
“I drink every day, cry most days. It was wrong, evil.”
One of the girls abused by Logins said she still has “constant” panic attacks and anxiety attacks because of what happened to her.
“You live with it day in, day out. I feel like I’m doing a life sentence here,” she told the BBC.
“He wasn’t a carer. He was just nothing more than an abuser.”
Logins’ lawyer said his client was “suckered into a regime he became part of”.
Nottinghamshire County Council leader Alan Rhodes will make “an unreserved apology” to the victims at a council meeting on Thursday as the authority “failed to protect children in its care”.
“I welcome this lengthy custodial sentence for a man who blatantly betrayed his position of trust with vulnerable children,” Mr Rhodes said.
“The outcome in this case is proof that victims will be listened to and believed.”
Helen Logins’s husband Andris Logins was convicted in March of four rapes and ten indecent assaults
The wife of a man jailed for 20 years for sexually abusing children in a care home said she ‘could not resist the temptation’ of looking up social care records of his victims.
Helen Logins searched through files of those abused by husband Andris Logins, who was convicted in March of four rapes and ten indecent assaults at the Beechwood Care Home, Nottingham, in the early 1980s.
The former Nottingham council manager, 52, admitted six offences under the Computer Misuse Act and was given a 12 month suspended sentence at Nottingham Crown Court on this afternoon.
The court heard Logins accessed the social care files of her partner’s victims on at least seven occasions over a year and that when the victims were told about the crime they were “extremely anguished and distressed”.
Prosecuting, Mary Prior said: “They were concerned that they were being spied upon.
“Helen Logins abused her position of trust within the organisation by accessing the social care files of some of the complainants more than once and seeing the most intensely personal information.”
Logins was a senior manager at Nottingham City Council and the court heard she “must have been given” the names of the victims by her husband after he was arrested.
Mrs Prior said: “There were times two of the victims considered not proceeding to the case (against Mr Logins) to trial”, adding that the disclosure did “contribute towards this”.
The records included current addresses and details relating to family members, the court heard.
Logins, of Stiles Road, Arnold, was dismissed from her position at Nottingham City Council in June last year and admitted the charges at a previous hearing.
Mitigating, Sarah Knight said: “She made a gross error of judgement in breaching the trust that had been placed upon her.
“Had she thought rationally, she would never have done what she did.”
Adding that Logins was “unwittingly caught up” in her husband’s offending, Miss Knight said: “Knowing that her husband was being investigated was, for her, a living nightmare.
“She panicked, she did access the documents.”
The court heard she did not pass the information to her husband and that she accessed the files out of her “own sense of enquiry and satisfaction”, wanting to see if she had worked with any of the victims.
Judge James Sampson said: “This was sustained offending. Your motive, whatever you say, in my judgement, was undoubtedly to assist if you could your husband. At the time, of course, he was not a convicted man.
“You could not resist the temptation to look at this material.
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She was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work .
He said: “You have now lost your job, your career, your husband to a 20 year sentence and I accept that these last three years have been stressful for both you and your children.”
Speaking after the hearing, Alison Michalska, from the children and adults department at Nottingham City Council, said: “Her actions were a significant breach of professional and ethical standards and once we discovered her gross misconduct, we took swift action, reporting her to the police and dismissing her from her job.”
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