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Anthony Kerr: Oldham teacher who groped boys in class is jailed

Anthony Kerr Image copyright GMP
Image caption Kerr used to make the boys sit on his knee while assaulting them

A teacher who groped young boys on his knee as they read out loud in front of class has been jailed for four years.

Anthony Kerr, 71, of Netherlees, Oldham, admitted 29 offences of sexual assault at the school between 1979 and 1982.

Det Con Sue Chadwick called Kerr's abuse "shocking and blatant".

Kerr, who was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday, had left "lasting scars" on his young victims, she said.

The officer added the abuse in front of the whole class added "an extra element of humiliation to his crimes as the abuse was common knowledge among classmates.

"Without the bravery of all his victims - particularly the first one to come forward - we would not be in a position to see Kerr finally receive his punishment."

The offences relate to the sexual abuse of seven boys during their time at an Oldham school which cannot be named for legal reasons.

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