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Retired headmaster William Duxbury jailed for pupil sex abuse

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Image caption William Duxbury abused his victims at Deddington Primary School

A former headmaster has been jailed for five years for sexually abusing 10 pupils at a school in the 1980s.

William Duxbury, 88, from Wembury in Plymouth, carried out the attacks when he worked at Deddington Primary School, in Deddington, Oxfordshire.

His crimes only came to light when his victims came forward to tell police last year, Oxford Crown Court heard.

Duxbury was found guilty of 12 counts of indecency with boys and girls and four counts of indecent assault.

Det Con Jo-Anne Holland said he had "abused the trust of those who were too young to fully understand the sexual offences he was committing".

She added: "His victims, who are now adults, have shown incredible bravery throughout this investigation, and have been extremely courageous in providing details about very distressing incidents.

"I would like to thank them, and other people who came forward to provide us with details about Duxbury's crimes which led to this conviction."

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