A paedophile care home boss was able to evade justice for so long because he "created an atmosphere of terror where no one was able to oppose him", children's charity the NSPCC said today.
John Allen's reign of terror over a dark period of several decades puts him high up the scale of the most prolific child abusers of recent times and his sentence quite rightly reflects the severity of his despicable crimes.
Instead of nurturing the vulnerable children in his care he abused his power and subjected them to constant, horrendous sexual attacks. His manipulative and devious behaviour allowed him to hide behind a shroud of respectability while his helpless victims suffered intense emotional trauma.
The NSPCC's free helpline number is 0808 800 5000. Children can also call ChildLine on 0800 1111.
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