Former Doctor sentenced to 12 years for sexual offences

A former doctor has been sent to prison for sexual offences on young boys while working at The Horder Centre in Crowborough and Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Sivaguru Narendran, known as Dr John Narendran, aged 78, of Sackville Road in Hailsham was charged with 17 counts of indecent assault between 1983 and 1996.

Narendran was found guilty of 13 counts of indecent assault and not guilty of the count of buggery.  Today he was sentenced to 12 years and given a lifetime sexual harm prevention order.

During the trial at Lewes Crown court, sitting in Brighton, it was established the earliest offence was 1987 and the counts were amended to be 13 counts of indecent assault and one count of buggery.

All the victims were young boys who came into contact with Narendran whist he was working as a doctor at the two hospitals between these dates.

Judge Barnes commended detectives Katy Hartley and Tina Baptista for their work in getting justice for the victims.  She also praised the victims and told them that should be proud they were brave enough to stand up for what happened to them.

Detective Constable Tina Baptista said:

These men have bravely come forward to report the abuse they had suffered at the hands of a man who they should have been able to trust.

Narendran preyed on these vulnerable young men after gaining their confidence and then sexually assaulted them.  They lived with this for years before making the step to report it and I commend them for making this decision.

Detective Constable Katy Hartley added:

I hope this guilty verdict helps the victims gain some closure on what happened to them and shows others we will take these reports very seriously and will do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice.

Anyone who wishes to speak to police about non-recent sexual offences can do so in confidence on email or by calling 101.

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