Ex-Feversham residential school staff jailed for sexual abuse of vulnerable boys

Two former members of staff at Feversham residential school in Walbottle, Newcastle, have been jailed for sex crimes on vulnerable young boys

Kevin Brown and John Leslie Duncan who have been jailed for historic sex crimes
Kevin Brown and John Leslie Duncan who have been jailed for historic sex crimes

Two former members of staff from a residential school have been sentenced to more than 20 years in jail for historic sex crimes.

John Leslie Duncan, 61, from Gateshead, and Kevin Brown, 58, who was already in jail, were convicted of the abuse they committed against young boys in their care.

The charges related to incidents that took place throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Duncan was convicted of 15 charges, which included 10 counts of indecent assault on a male and three counts of indecency with a child, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

His crimes were committed as he worked at Shotley Park Childrens’ Home in Durham and at the Feversham residential school in Walbottle, Newcastle, both of which have since closed.

Brown was sentenced to six years on top of his current eight-year sentence after being convicted of seven charges, all relating to incidents at Feversham school too.

Lynsey Colling, acting head of the Crown court unit for CPS North East, said: “While it is true that prosecutors and police have played their respective roles in building a robust case against these two men, the part played by the victims in securing both sentences cannot be overstated.

“At the time of these offences, the victims were all vulnerable young children, each of whom Duncan and Brown had a professional obligation to protect. Instead, they abused the trust placed in them to exploit those children for their own sexual gratification.

“Despite the impact that those events had on each their victims, they have shown significant courage in assisting this prosecution and I would hope that the resulting sentences provide a good measure of closure for them.”

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