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More abuse revealed: Paedophile former teacher jailed for two more years over 1970s attacks

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A former teacher has been further convicted of child abuse offences he committed in the 1970s.

Harvey Franks pleaded guilty to three further offences of gross indecency with a boy at Croydon Crown Court on June 29.

The 76-year-old is already serving 15 years for rape and sexual assault offences against young boys, for which he was convicted in August last year. And on Friday he was sentenced to a further two years in jail.

The victim came to police in March 2016 and reported that Franks, who was a teacher at the victim’s school at the time – Sedgehill Secondary School in Catford – had abused him multiple times for around 12 months.

An investigation by one of the Met’s Child Abuse Investigation teams then began, and on April 6 last year, Franks was arrested.

He was bailed before being charged on May 3.

The court heard that at the time of the investigation, Franks was already facing trial for other non-recent offences of sexual abuse for which he was subsequently convicted, and sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in August 2016.

He has been in prison since then. His new sentence will run consecutively. Detective Constable Tony Roper, the officer in the case, said: “Franks stole the victim’s childhood, causing him extreme distress and pain throughout his life. The victim bravely came forward to report the crimes to the police.

Franks had continued with his life as normal, but he has now been brought to justice. “This case highlights that no matter the length of time that has passed, the public should feel reassured that the Met will thoroughly investigate non-recent offences and support and work with victims throughout.”

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More abuse revealed: Paedophile former teacher jailed for two more years over...