Two former social workers sentenced for abusing 13 children

Two former social workers have been sentenced for grooming and abusing 13 children in their care, over a period of nearly 20 years.

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Abuse victim: "It blighted my life"

One of John Leslie Duncan's victims has waived his anonymity to speak to ITV News Tyne Tees. Julian Foster was abused at Shotley Park children's home in County Durham. He was at the home from the ages of 10 to 12.

His abuser, a former social worker from Gateshead, was sentenced to 15 years in prison today. At a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, another former social worker, Kevin Brown, received a six year sentence. The pair were convicted for abusing 13 children over nearly 20 years.

Julian Foster told Tyne Tees: "It blighted my life... And all these years I blamed myself."

Two former social workers sentenced for abusing 13 children

John Leslie Duncan. Credit: Northumbria Police
Kevin Brown. Credit: Northumbria Police

Two former social workers have been sentenced for grooming and abusing 13 children in their care, over a period of nearly 20 years.

John Leslie Duncan from Gateshead and Kevin Brown, originally from Newcastle, attacked boys in Feversham school and Shotley Park children's home in County Durham.

In a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, John Leslie Duncan was sentenced to 15 years. Kevin Brown is already in prison for other sexual offences and he was sentenced to an additional six years.

Detective Superintendent Steve Wade, from Northumbria Police, said: “These man preyed on vulnerable young boys, abusing their positions as people in authority and trust and I'm pleased they will now spend a considerable amount of time behind bars.”

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