The Manchester Evening News
Pervert Woman Carer who Preyed on Boys is Jailed
The Manchester Evening News ( UK ) Page 4, Friday January 28th. 2000, BY ANDREW NOTT
A WOMAN preyed on little boys for sex for 15 years while working as a house mother in a care home for troubled youngsters.
Today Carolyn Bromiley was starting a five-year jail term for what the judge said was "the worst case of a woman abusing children in her care any court in the land has had to face."
The serial paedophiles groomed boys between the ages of 12 and 14 before involving them in intercourse and other sexual activity.
Warrington Crown Court heard she had a warped perception of the boys and referred to her abuse as "relationships." The 37-year-old mother-of-one believed her virgin victims desired her sexually and after sex she would tell some of them that she loved them.
The encounters took place at the -residential school in Cheshire for boys aged eight and above with behavioural and educational special-needs, and at her flat in Warrington.
She admitted 10 charges of indecency with five pupils at the end of a trial in which she was acquitted of assaulting a sixth boy.
The jury, which had no knowledge of the guilty pleas and cleared her of the last offence, sat stunned as they then heard the catalogue of abuse stretching back to 1984 which she admitted. Simon Mills, prosecuting said the offences all fitted into an extremely similar pattern.
"The boys were aged between 12 and 14 and fitted a similar profile. She did similar things to all of them and a clear pattern emerges.'
She believed she saw a sign of sexual interest in her from the boys and then instigated physical contact which would lead to full sex.
The court heard that the children were at the school because they had behavioural and-educational needs and that some level of damage to them was inevitable.
The mother of one victim said after Bromiley was jailed: "If I could get hold of her I'd kill her. She stole my son's childhood and he's now in a terrible state and has threatened suicide. She got away lightly and should have got at least 10 years."
Judge David Hale explained that he was constrained by the law which only allows for specific charges to be brought when the offender is a woman. Had she been male, he said, the sentence would have been in double figures.
He said: "As a house mother you were in charge of children who were mentally and educationally disadvantaged and you took your own advantage of them for your own needs and sexual pleasure. This is the worst case of a woman abusing children in her care any court in the land has had to face."