David Miller, a care worker at a children’s home in Salford, pleaded guilty to three counts of `sexual activity with a female child (13-16)’ and one count of `causing or inciting sexual activity with a female child (13-16)’. The case was adjourned for sentencing on October 30th.
Salford City Council’s beleaguered Lead Member for Children’s Services, Councillor John Warmisham, who has faced calls to resign recently, said:
“This is an awful thing to have happened to this young girl. As soon as the city council became aware that a serious criminal offence was suspected, David Miller was suspended from his role in line with normal council disciplinary guidelines.
“The city council has robust procedures in place to ensure that only suitable, police-checked people are employed for sensitive roles. This was the case with David Miller and there was nothing in his past or his behaviour while in our employment which would have given cause for serious concern.
“These same robust procedures were applied the moment a serious criminal offence was suspected. Following a disciplinary investigation his contract with the council was terminated in September 2008.”
The Council’s Director of Children’s Services, Jill Baker, is currently suspended and couldn't comment.