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Former teacher John McKno jailed for boarding school sex abuse

John McKno Image copyright Suffolk Police
Image caption John McKno admitted indecent and serious sexual assaults at three boarding schools in Suffolk, Devon and Worcestershire

A former teacher who sexually abused five pupils at boarding schools has been jailed for 14 years.

John McKno abused boys at three schools in Suffolk, Devon and Worcestershire, which have all since closed since the offences in the 1970s and 80s.

Ipswich Crown Court heard four of McKno's victims were under 16, and one was under 14.

The 70-year-old admitted a series of serious sexual assaults, gross indecency and indecent assault.

McKno, of Alby in Norfolk, worked at Beam College in Great Torrington in Devon; St Michael's College in Tenbury Wells; and Kesgrave Hall School near Ipswich.

One pupil targeted in the abuse has told how he slept in fear with "one eye open".

Image copyright Nicholas Mutton
Image caption Two of McKno's victims were pupils at Kesgrave Hall School, which was closed in 1993 and has since reopened as a hotel and restaurant

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