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PROJECT WORKER WHO ABUSED BOYS GETS FOUR YEAR SENTENCE

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A former Southwark LBC project worker was jailed on Monday for four years for sexually abusing two boys. ...
A former Southwark LBC project worker was jailed on Monday for four years for sexually abusing two boys.

Persistent child molester Glen Miller, 31, was 'very good' at gaining the trust of parents of young boys, said Judge John Fordham. 'I am sorry to say that the picture I have formed of the combination of matters means that I must pass a sentence longer than normal to protect the public for reasons which are obvious', the judge said. 'Your ability to create trust in people is very real'.

Mr Miller was found guilty after a trial at Inner London Crown Court last month of indecent assault and two charges of gross indecency. He was acquitted of a further charge of gross indecency with a third boy.

Mr Miller molested the children while on probation for indecently assaulting two boys aged six and nine during a weekend holiday in Margate in 1990. He walked free from Maidstone Crown Court in August 1990, when the judge sentenced him to three years probation on the condition he receive psychiatric help.

However, he soon severed contact with his probation officer and went on the run. By keeping secret his child abuse convictions - as well as a string of other offences for burglary and theft - Miller tricked Southwark into employing him as a mini bus driver and maintenance man for its Only Connect project, a leisure activities programme for mentally handicapped children and young adults.

After about 10 months, however, the council learned of his criminal past and immediately sacked him in October 1991. But Miller had already started up his own leisure scheme for children called the Global Youth Project.

He lured children by handing out professionally printed leaflets at local playgrounds and tricked their parents by implying that he still worked for Southwark. The council heard about the scheme and alerted police in November 1991.

After an extensive investigation, Miller was eventually arrested in April 1993 and interviewed by police about an alleged deception relating to advertising himself as a Southwark employee. But during the police inquiry, the three boys complained of having been molested by Miller, the court heard. The defendant denied the charges.

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