‘Predatory’ paedophile from Salvation Army gets 18 years in jail for child abuse

ABC News

A Salvation Army worker is likely to die in jail after being sentenced to 18-and-a-half years in jail for sexually abusing seven boys between 1973 and 1999.

Robert Burnett, 77, who maintained his innocence during 14 separate trials, was found guilty of abusing the boys, who were aged between seven and 13.

Burnett ran Salvation Army homes for boys and five of the victims were wards of the state.

He abused the boys during sleepovers at his home at Thorpdale, east of Melbourne, or while on camping trips at Walhalla and Wandin.

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