A paedophile who raped and abused young boys he met while using the CB radio network has been jailed for 21 years.
Trevor Franklin, 61, was convicted of 11 charges of non-recent child sexual abuse for assaults which took place more than 30 years ago.
Franklin, of Bexleyheath, London was found guilty of raping a teenage boy and indecently assaulting three other children between 1985 and 1993, as reported by the Evening Standard.
Franklin met three of his victims through the CB radio network when they were aged between 11 and 15-years-old.
Citizens Band (CB) radio pre-dated the internet and mobile phones as a wireless communications technology that could be used by the public. It was most widely adopted by enthusiasts in the 1970s who communicated on radio bandwidths.
Franklin, who used this network to meet and groom boys, drove his young victims on car trips, gave them alcohol and cigarettes and invited them to his home.
The predator was in his late 20s and 30s at the time of the offences.
An investigation into these activities was launched in 2015 after one of the victims told an officer at Surrey Police about the sexual abuse he had suffered.
PC Luke Pressling, of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Abuse Command, said: “Franklin is a predatory paedophile who abused the trust of four boys he had befriended.
“I would like to commend the courage of the four men who reported the offences to police and gave evidence in court.
“Although no prison sentence can ever make up for the physical and psychological damage caused by the appalling abuse they suffered, I hope the long sentence given to Franklin gives them some form of closure.
“This case highlights that, no matter the length of time that has passed, the public should feel reassured that we will thoroughly investigate all historic sexual offences and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.”
Officers in the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Abuse Command (SOECA) launched the investigation.
Predatory' paedophile, 62, who groomed and abused boys as young as 11 via CB RADIO in the 1980s is jailed for 21 years Mail Online Reporter 27 March 2017