Former Children’s home worker jailed for sexually abusing boy

Former Children’s home worker jailed for sexually abusing boy

Peter Frank Hickman, 85 (dob 08.08.36) was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on 11.02.2022 to six years imprisonment. Hickman was in charge of children’s homes both as a housemaster and superintendent in the 60s and 70s.

Hickman pleaded guilty to various sexual offences against a child in the 70s. He has been placed on the sex offenders register for life.

The offences were committed against the child whilst he was a resident in a children’s home in Park Road , Beckenham and later in College Road, Dulwich during the 60s and 70’s.

Detective Constable Simon Rubery, the investigating officer said ‘’Hickman took advantage of a child in his care while in a position of trust and committed atrocious crimes against him on many occasions.

‘’Tragically the victim died last year and he will never know that his abuser has been brought to justice. I would like to commend his bravery for helping to make this possible.

‘’I can only hope this sentence will give others the courage to come forward and report any abuse they have suffered, current or non-recent.

‘’Given the predatory nature of Hickman’s offending, there is a possibility that he abused other children. We urge any further victims to contact the police right away a specially trained team of detectives are ready to listen and support you.’’

Deborah Corcoran is a member of Goodlaw’s abuse team. She has over 22 years’ experience in this area of work. Deborah has successfully acted for 100s of survivors who have been abused in children’s homes. She acts for individuals as well as groups of survivors. Survivors of Hickman’s abuse may be able to bring claims against Hickman directly and also against the owners of the children’s homes where he worked.

If you, or anyone you know is affected by abuse, please contact Deborah for assistance and advice.
Deborah Corcoran is a senior associate solicitor at Goodlaw. Tel: 01273 254173 or click here to contact Deborah.