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Monday, 3 February, 2003, 12:56 GMT
Church minister 'abused inmates'
A church minister "systematically abused" six young male inmates over a 10-year period when he worked as a prison officer in a juvenile detention centre, a court heard.

Neville Anthony Husband, 65, of Shotley Bridge, County Durham, used his position of authority at Meadomsley Detention Centre to sexually abuse the youngsters in the 1970s to 1980s, Newcastle Crown Court was told on Monday.

Mr Husband, who is charged with 16 sexual offences, is now a minister in the United Reformed Church.

Two of the alleged victims of the abuse were brothers who were at the detention centre at different times.

Detention centre

Jamie Bell, prosecuting, said Mr Husband had been in charge of the kitchens at the institution, near Consett.

He is alleged to have abused the six teenagers, aged between 16 and 19, on a number of occasions between January 1975 and August 1985.

He said: "The prosecution say he systematically abused inmates who were chosen to help him in the kitchen of the detention centre."

Mr Husband denies all the charges.



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