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Police hunting for more victims of paedophile Rodney Smallman

Published December 30, 2014 by misty534

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FURTHER victims of a former Oxfordshire children’s home boss who sexually abused boys have been asked to contact the police.

There could be more young people targeted by Rodney Smallman during the 1970s and 1980s, police believe.

The assaults took place between February 1976 and March 1983 and throughout his trial Smallman denied anything inappropriate had taken place.

However, a week ago last Friday at Oxford Crown Court, the 72-year-old, of Erica Close, Banbury, was found guilty of 15 counts of indecent assault on boys.

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Detective Constable Joanne Waddington, from the Thames Valley Police’s child abuse investigation unit, said: “I want to thank the victims who have shown a huge amount of courage by coming forward.

“It is possible that, despite our extensive enquires, further victims have not been identified and I would like to appeal to anyone who is a victim of a sexual offence, regardless of how many years ago the offence took place, to come forward and speak to police.”

Smallman was cleared of a further five counts of indecent assault.

He will be sentenced on January 12.

Anyone with information about alleged offences can call police on 101.