Retired teacher jailed for historic child abuse

A retired teacher who sexually abused children in the 1970s has been jailed for 12 years.

Kenneth Francis assaulted four boys who were pupils at a school in the Chelmsford area and was convicted of 17 offences earlier this month.

The offences took place between 1972 and 1979 and came to light in April 2017 when one of the victims came forward. Further allegations were uncovered during the course of the police investigation.

Francis, 72, now of Akasaka in Tokyo, stood trial at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday July 15.

He was convicted on Friday August 2 of 15 counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child.

He was sentenced today, Tuesday August 27, and he was given a 12-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and has been put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Investigating officer DC Siobhan Murphy said: “I am pleased Francis has been brought to justice for his horrific crimes.

“What he did to those children has left them with emotional scarring that continues to affect them into adulthood.

“I hope they can now find comfort in knowing he has finally been found accountable for his crimes and that their voices have now been heard.

“I would ask anyone who has been sexually abused to please report it, no matter how long ago it took place. We will take your report seriously, investigate and help ensure you receive the right support.”

* There are a number of charities who support people who have been affected by sexual abuse. Anyone who would like support but does not wish to speak to police can find a list of organisations on the Essex Police website at:


Mick Ferris

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