Carer sexually abused vulnerable male client

A FORMER care worker has been warned he could go to jail after admitting sexually abusing a vulnerable Plymouth adult in his care. John Kenure, aged 67, had been due to face a three-day trial at Plymouth Crown Court.

Just as the hearing was about to start yesterday afternoon, however, his counsel Jason Beal announced that his client wished to change his plea to one of guilty.

Kenure, of Milton Coombe near Yelverton, admitted a single charge of causing or inciting sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder by a care worker.

The victim, who had been prepared to give evidence in court with the help of an intermediary, is a man with learning difficulties who lives in Plymouth.
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Kenure was immediately suspended from his job as a care worker following the allegations, and has since retired.

Wearing a grey suit, white patterned shirt, colourful tie and brown trainers, Kenure listened patiently as the judge, Francis Gilbert QC, ordered a full pre-sentence report by the Probation Service.

He warned Kenure that all sentencing options, including jail, must remain open to the judge who would sentence him on June 12.

He granted him bail until then on two conditions:

He must stay away from the care home where the victim lives.

He is barred from working in any employment bringing him into contact with young people or vulnerable adults.