Elderly Salvos worker jailed for sex abuse of children in his care

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An elderly Victorian man who “remorselessly” sexually abused boys who were in the care of the Salvation Army will spend the remainder of his life behind bars.

Robert Burnett, 77, was today sentenced to 18 years in jail with a minimum of 14 and a half years.

The former Salvation Army boys’ home supervisor was found guilty of abusing seven boys between the early 1970s to the late 1990s.

The victims – aged between seven and 13 – were abused at Burnett’s home or on camping trips, sometimes while they slept.

Some of the offending took place in the presence of other children.

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