BREAKING NEWS: Narborough man jailed for 12 years for child sex offences

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A former child care officer at a special school has been jailed for 12 years for abusing boys in his care.

David Hennessy, 75, of Westfields, Narborough, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court today, having been found guilty on six charges of indecent assault.

Hennessy was one of three men who were given prison sentences totalling 35 years for their part in decades of abuse of boys at the Swaylands school in Penshurst, Kent.

Colwyn Baker, 72, of Edinburgh, was jailed for 20 years, while Nigel Putman, 61, of Slough, received a three-year sentence.

All three worked as child care officers at the Swaylands school in Penshurst, Kent, between the late 1960s and 1993, when the facility closed.

The school initially taught boys with learning disabilities, but began to admit pupils with emotional problems in the late 1980s.

Hennessy worked at the school from March 1969. He resigned in April 1977 but was re-employed in April 1979.

Passing sentence, Judge Philip Statman said that to outsiders the residential school had excellent facilities.

But he added: “When the veneer was stripped away in this courtroom, what has been revealed is a wholly different picture.

“Namely, one of persistent sexual abuse perpetrated by those in a position of trust against young vulnerable boys as they approached adolescence.”