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Former Plymouth Navy officer jailed for historic sexual offences

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Former Royal Navy commander Charles Howeson has been sentenced to seven years and six months for historic sexual offences against young men.

The well-known businessman was convicted back in December 2017 of 10 counts against eight young men between 1985 and 1994.

Bristol Crown Court heard how the 68-year-old assaulted his victims onboard a Devonport warship, at his home, at Drake Island tunnels and in the dark rooms at Royal William Yard.

Last week Howeson was found not guilty of two further charges against a teenage boy in Plymouth in the 1980s.

He denied all the charges.

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Howeson was a champion of business in Plymouth and a supporter of several charities.

He even had a road in the city named after him after he donated the land to Plymouth City Council.

The offences, which consisted of premeditated sexual assaults on young men, has caused psychological harm to them for many years afterwards, affecting relationships and contributing towards drug and alcohol addictions, and depression.

Now they have been through the additional trauma of going to court, however the result is that a sex offender has been brought to justice.

– DS Susanne Lee, Sexual Offences and Domestic Abuse Investigation Team at Devon and Cornwall Police

If you have been a victim of historic sexual assault, you can contact the Devon & Cornwall Police Victim Care Unit on 01392 475900.

Or the NSPCC 24hr helpline on 0808 800 5000 who can provide independent and confidential advice.