Rodney Smallman jailed for Oxfordshire child sex offences

Rodney Smallman Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption Rodney Smallman was described as a "predatory paedophile"

The head of a children's home in Oxfordshire who sexually abused vulnerable children has been jailed.

Rodney Smallman, 73, abused five boys under the age of 16 at the home, which is now closed.

He was jailed for 12 and a half years at Oxford Crown Court after being convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault on children during the 1970s and 1980s.

Det Con Joanne Waddington said he was a "predatory paedophile".

'Ruined my life'

Smallman, of Erica Close, Banbury, had denied the allegations but was found guilty by a jury on 19 December.

He "abused his position in the worst way imaginable," Det Con Waddington said.

The court heard the children had been moved to the home for their own protection and were abused until they left.

One victim said: "He has ruined my life. He was a very scary person who could terrify any child. He took away any chance of me having a happy life."

Another victim told police about the abuse in 2012 and more victims were identified following an investigation by the Thames Valley Police child abuse investigation unit.

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