Plymouth pensioner jailed for abusing boys in his Army cadet unit in 1970s.
Former officer George Walker, aged 79, put his hand down a young recruit’s trousers – supposedly so he would stop slouching, a court heard.
He was jailed for five years and three months after he was convicted at trial.
The victim told Preston Crown Court his life had been “ruined”, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.
Walker committed the offences in the Burnley area but is thought to have moved to Langdale Close in Estover about two years ago.
He had denied 10 offences of indecent assault and two offences of gross indecency with a child but he was convicted of all counts.
Walker was thought to have been a captain of a lieutenant in the cadets in the 1970s.
He put his hands down a cadet’s trousers – supposedly to stop him slouching.
Walker is said to have ruined one victim’s life.
The victim reported him to the police in 2014 – after watching a BBC report about a scoutmaster who had been convicted of sexually abusing children.
Joanna Rodriguez, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The victim says his life has been ruined.
“He has had an underlying unhappiness, which has probably led to the depression he has then gone on to suffer.”
The court heard he was forced to give up his ambition of joining the army.
Walker went on to abuse another victim.
He squeezed one of the boys’ genitals and put his tongue in his ear, the trial heard.
Recorder Mark Ainsworth, told the sentencing hearing: “As these cases come before the court we see the impact this sort of abuse has on people as adults, when this sort of abuse happens as children.
“The victim had his heart set on joining the army and the night before he was going to start basic training, he just couldn’t go.”