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Relative of Tory MP is jailed for sex abuse

By Hayden Smith

The half-brother of a senior Conservative MP has been jailed for 13 years for carrying out hundreds of sexual assaults on young boys.

Former teacher Charles Napier (67), who is related to Maldon MP John Whittingdale, conducted a "campaign of abuse" at the school where he worked in the late 1960s and early 1970s, grooming and assaulting 21 victims aged as young as eight on scores of occasions.

Last month he pleaded guilty to 28 counts of indecent assault - including many covering "multiple incidents" - and one indecency charge in relation to those crimes.

Yesterday he admitted a further two separate historic allegations of indecent assault against two 13-year-old boys after he left the school, the first in 1979 and the second in 1983.

Napier stared straight ahead and betrayed no emotion as Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith sentenced him at Southwark Crown Court in London.

Napier joined the school after leaving university and when he was arrested last year he told police he already knew he was a paedophile at that time.

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