Sexually abusive former teacher Harvey Franks from Bromley who “stole victim’s childhood” is given two more years on 15-year prison sentence

PUBLISHED: 10:15 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:14 11 July 2017

Harvey Franks

Harvey Franks


Franks is already serving a 15 year sentence for rape and sexual assault against young boys

A convicted child rapist has been handed an extra two years on his prison sentence after more incidents of historic sexual abuse were revealed when another of his victims came forward.

Harvey Franks, formerly of Fontwell Drive, Bromley, was already serving a 15 year jail term for rape and sexual offences against young boys when he admitted to three further offences of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14 at Croydon Crown Court last month.

On Friday, July 7, the 76-year-old was sentenced over the three offences, all of which took place in 1974.

Franks’ victim told police the former teacher at Sedgehill Secondary School in Catford abused him a number of times when he was 11-years-old.

The abuse lasted around 12 months.

Franks was arrested by police in April 2016 and later charged.

At the time of the police investigation, Franks was already facing trial for other non-recent offences, for which he was jailed for 15 years in August 2016.

This new sentence will run consecutively, bumping up his jail time to 17 years in total.

Det const Tony Toper was the investigating officer on the case, he said: ““Franks stole the victim’s childhood, causing him extreme distress and pain throughout his life. He bravely came forward to report the crimes to the police. Franks had continued with his life as normal, but he has now been brought to justice.

“This case highlights that no matter the length of time that has passed, the public should feel reassured that the Met will thoroughly investigate non-recent offences and support and work with victims throughout.”

AN NSPCC spokesperson said: “As a teacher Franks should have been protecting children that were placed in his care. Instead he abused his position of trust and committed appalling sex crimes against a young boy.

“With this abuse taking place many years ago, Franks may have thought he had got away with it but thanks to the bravery of his victim in coming forward justice has finally been served.

“Child sexual abuse can have life-long effects on victims. That’s why the NSPCC is visiting primary schools across the country with its Speak Out Stay Safe service, empowering children to protect themselves from abuse and to speak out if they ever experience it.”

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