a MAN has been sent to jail for seven years for sexually abusing five children, which began when he was a teenager.
As he was led to the cells below court, a weeping John Moss faced shouts of ‘Good - rot’ from people in the public gallery.
The 47-year-old had admitted four charges of indecent assault on a female, five indecent assaults on a male and three counts of indecency with a child.
Most of the offences were committed in the Alfreton area and covered a 14-year period until 1993, Derby Crown Court heard on Friday.
Judge Ebrahim Mooncey told him: “There comes a time when truth does catch up.”
Michael Cranmer-Brown, mitigating, said: “The defendant apologises through me to the victims of his offending. He is genuinely remorseful.
“He has carried the guilt around with him for many years.”
When allegations were made last year, Moss of Maud Street, Nottingham, made admissions to the police.
If Moss had been dealt with shortly after the last offence, he would now be regarded as “wholly rehabilitated” because he had not been in trouble for 19 years, added Mr Cranmer-Brown.
Steven Coupland, prosecuting, said the first batch of offences were between 1979 and 1981. At the time the boy victim was between five and seven. Moss was 15 when he began the abuse.
Later he abused a girl aged around eight when he was 17 to 19.
“He said ‘don’t tell anyone or the bogeyman will get you.’ It petrified her for years to come,” Mr Coupland told the court.
At the age of around 26, he abused an eight-year-old girl and told her it was “our little secret,” added Mr Coupland.