A child molester who thought he had had his crimes covered for over three decades will now spend time in jail.
A 74-year-old former school teacher who thought he could cover his tracks by quitting his job after sexually assaulting the four teenage boys in the 1980s, has been caught up with his past.
John Patton will now face jail time after some of the victims came out to report of the abuse they suffered in his hands.
After he was indicted in the assaults, Patton quit his job, leading a 'blameless life' as he tried to live down what he had done and distance himself from his sick urges, the Mirror reports.
But the former language teacher’s offences finally came to light after one of his victims went to the police last year, after which the other three came forward.
Patton had earlier this year pleaded guilty to the crimes of indecently assaulting boys in the early 1980s.
But after seeing a newspaper report, the fourth victim also contacted the police, as a result of which Patton, who had been a teacher at Kingshurst School in Chelmsley Wood at the time, admitted two further charges.
During sentencing, Judge Peter Carr warned him:
"The most likely outcome is custody. The only question is the length."