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A GP and former police surgeon jailed for 12 years for "terrifying" sexual abuse against two teenage girls is set to face further allegations, a court has heard.

Dr Hugh Blaise O'Neill (61), of Tasburgh in Norfolk, had earlier admitted raping and sexually assaulting the two children and appeared at Norwich Crown Court for sentencing.

The court heard that his crimes represented a "fall from grace" for a respected member of the community who worked as a Norfolk Police surgeon during the 1980s and as GP for 37 years.

Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said that O'Neill will face a further 15 allegations relating to separate adult victims.

The indictment has not yet been put formally to him but the charges are likely to include indecent assault and he is understood to deny the claims.

Mr Jackson said the new counts relate to "sexual conduct while in a position of trust".

Referring to the counts he has admitted, Mr Jackson said the girls were aged under 14 at the time of the attacks and these counts do not relate to his role as a doctor. O'Neill's offending came to light after one of the now adult victims was prompted to contact police as a result of media coverage of high-profile sexual abuse cases, Mr Jackson added.

One of the victims said in a statement that she could no longer trust others and she regarded the abuse as her "terrible secret".

O'Neill pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of gross indecency against one victim, and two counts of gross indecency against a second victim.

Sentencing him to 12 years in prison, Judge Anthony Bate said: "These offences reflect sustained sexual abuse." O'Neill has been suspended from his duties by local NHS managers.

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