#OpRingRoad – Award-winning foster carer paedophile Bill Rathbone appeared on Trisha for services to children – wife knew about him sexually abusing a girl but did nothing about it

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Father who was honoured on Trisha for fostering more than 70 children molested teenage girls in his care while his wife turned a blind eye

  • Bill Rathbone claimed he’d ‘consensual sex’ with victim when she was 18 
  • But was found guilty of gross indecency with a child and indecent assault
  • Award-winning foster carer appeared on Trisha for services to children

A father who was honoured on TV talk show Trisha for fostering more than 70 children has been convicted of a string of child sex crimes.

Bill Rathbone is facing jail after a jury found him guilty of one count of gross indecency with a child and more than ten charges of indecent assault.

He had tried to prevent the abuse coming to light by emotionally blackmailing one of his victims, threatening to kill himself if she exposed him as a paedophile, a court heard.

Bill Rathbone had tried to prevent the abuse coming to light by emotionally blackmailing one of his victims, threatening to kill himself if she exposed him as a paedophile, a court heard

Bill Rathbone had tried to prevent the abuse coming to light by emotionally blackmailing one of his victims, threatening to kill himself if she exposed him as a paedophile, a court heard

But the woman came forward and the 64-year-old was arrested last year on suspicion of child sex abuse.

Rathbone claimed he had been having ‘consensual sex’ with his accuser and had waited until she was 18.

But a jury, who heard Rathbone’s wife knew about him sexually abusing a girl but did nothing about it, rejected his claims.

The court heard that his victim had confessed the abuse to her doctor years earlier as she sought help for depression which had been brought on by being molested.

But when the GP contacted social services, Rathbone told them it had been a non-sexual affair when she was 18 and that he had regretted it ever since.

Brenda (left) pictured with husband Bill Rathbone (right) receiving an award from Councillor Valerie Halton at Redcar & Cleveland Council in 2002 for fostering, had known about him sexually abusing a girl but did nothing about it, a court heard

Brenda (left) pictured with husband Bill Rathbone (right) receiving an award from Councillor Valerie Halton at Redcar & Cleveland Council in 2002 for fostering, had known about him sexually abusing a girl but did nothing about it, a court heard

Prosecutor Paul Cleasby said his victims had been scared to come forward to report him to police as they thought he was held in such high regard that they would not be believed.

Rathbone had also sent one of his victims a series of text messages to apologise for ‘being a bastard’ and the psychological damage he had caused,’ he added.

The foster carer had originally faced court in August last year, but the jury could not decide on his guilt.

However, a second alleged victim came forward after hearing about the case to accuse him.

Rathbone, who along with his wife Brenda were described as ‘mum and dad to more than 70’ in a press report in 2002, now works for a hardware store in Eston, Middlesbrough.

They had appeared on television show Trisha in the early 2000s in recognition for their services to children.

Rathbone, 64, will return to Teesside Crown Court next month to be sentenced for gross indecency with a child and more than ten charges of indecent assault

Rathbone, 64, will return to Teesside Crown Court next month to be sentenced for gross indecency with a child and more than ten charges of indecent assault

The pair were also given award for fostering more than 70 children by Redcar and Cleveland Council. The child placement team manager with the council’s social services, had called the Rathbones ‘excellent carers’ who were ‘an invaluable part of our team.’

The couple, from Ormesby, first became involved in fostering following the death of their week-old son Philip in 1976.

Brenda, who passed away in July 2011, had said when they received the award that they fostered because they ‘loved children’.

Rathbone had told the local paper: ‘We keep in touch with some of the children we’ve fostered.

‘One day we were out and about and a young girl with a pushchair came over to us. It was someone we had fostered. Those moments make it all worthwhile.

‘It is really nice to hear from kids we’ve fostered and if any others want to get in touch, we’d love to hear from them.’

Rathbone will return to Teesside Crown Court next month to be sentenced.

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