Youth accuses care worker of rape

A TEENAGER with learning difficulties was raped in his bedroom at a Suffolk residential home by a care assistant, it has been alleged.The alleged victim claimed that Craig Brown, who was employed by the Barleycombe Residential Home in Sudbury, held him down and sexually assaulted him while ignoring his pleas to leave him alone.

A TEENAGER with learning difficulties was raped in his bedroom at a Suffolk residential home by a care assistant, it has been alleged.

The alleged victim claimed that Craig Brown, who was employed by the Barleycombe Residential Home in Sudbury, held him down and sexually assaulted him while ignoring his pleas to leave him alone.

Giving evidence at Ipswich Crown Court the alleged victim said that Brown had worked mostly night shifts and described an occasion when Brown had allegedly started stroking his leg in a lounge area and another resident asked him what he was doing.

The alleged victim said on five or six occasions Brown had come into his room at night and had touched him intimately before raping him on his bed.

Brown, 47, of Second Avenue, Sudbury has denied three offences of rape in the 1990's.

The court heard that the offences came to light in 2006. He admitted working at Barleycombe but denied the allegations made against him

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Cross-examined by defence counsel Stephen Dyble the alleged victim accepted he had made allegations against Brown in 2006 after being jailed and subsequently transferred to a hospital for an offence of arson.