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Teacher guilty of abusing boys at London school

A former teacher has been found guilty of abusing teenage boys at a south London school up to 37 years ago.

Jeff Morrell, 65, of Teddington, south-west London, was convicted of sexually assaulting two boys aged 14 and 15 between 1973 and 1983.

The Old Bailey heard he chose the boys when they were 14 because they were "vulnerable", visiting one boy at home and also taking him to his home.

The judge warned Morrell he could face jail when he is sentenced on 24 August.

'Disturbing case'

Judge Martin Stephens said: "All sentences are open to me, including imprisonment."

During the case, which Judge Stephens said had been "difficult and disturbing", jurors heard one of the youngsters complained to another teacher about the abuse but nothing was done.

Both boys said they had been kept in for "detention" and found themselves locked inside Morrell's office.

Linda Strudwick, prosecuting, said: "He used his position of authority and his proximity to schoolboys to target young boys who were vulnerable."

She said the offences came to light more than 30 years later when one of the men, now aged in his 40s, told his family.

After his arrest Morrell said the accusations were lies.

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