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8 August 2016, 16:09 | Updated: 8 August 2016, 16:23
A man who ran a children's home in Nuneaton has been jailed for 9 years for sexual abuse and cruelty,
69-year-old Robert Brown from Great Yarmouth was found guilty of abusing teenage boys in his care in the 1970s.
The home, Manor Court Children's Home, has since closed.
Following a three-week trial, he was found guilty of 14 counts of indecent assault on a male and four counts of cruelty to a person under 16.
Today (Monday 8 August) Brown was sentenced to nine years in prison in total.
The offences involved seven boys aged under 16 and took place in the 1970s at Manor Court Children's Home, Nuneaton, where Brown was the manager. The home is now closed.
The 69 year-old was also found not guilty of two counts of child cruelty, one count of attempted buggery of a male under 16 and two counts of indecent assault.
Detective Sergeant Andrew Denny, who led the Warwickshire Police investigation said: "I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of those subjected to these horrific offences. It is their courage and willingness to speak out that has ensured that justice has been done.
"I hope that today's sentence gives other people affected by sexual abuse the confidence to speak out. They should feel reassured that Warwickshire Police will always carry out an extensive and thorough investigation into allegations of abuse, both current and non-recent. We will work tirelessly to establish the facts and prosecute offenders.
"Please understand that, together with our partner agencies, we will give you all the support we can."