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Jail for Suffolk sex abuse prison officer

A prison officer from Suffolk has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing a 17-year-old in a young offenders' institute.

Former Royal Marine John Payne, 54, of Kesgrave, admitted sexual activity with a child when in a position of trust and perverting the course of justice.

Ipswich Crown Court heard the abuse took place over a four-month period.

Judge David Goodin sentencing said Payne's actions had been a "grave breach of trust".

Prosecutor John Farmer told the court Payne, who worked at Warren Hill, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, "repeatedly" engaged in sexual activity with the youth.

He said Payne had the care of the teenager and "was able to sexually abuse him at every opportunity".

Mr Farmer said Payne, a father who had been married three times, had tried to "buy off" the youth in an attempt to stop him giving evidence.

Judge David Goodin said: "It's one of the gravest imaginable breaches of trust that can come before a court.

"You were a prison officer held in some regard."

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