A man convicted of 12 counts of sexually abusing boys has been jailed for 19 years and given an extended licence of six years.
Ronald Smith, 70, was arrested in December 2014 after police were contacted with reports he had abused a child aged under 13. He was further arrested in February 2015 after a second victim reported he had been abused in 1982.
During the course of the investigations, police identified six further victims of non-recent abuse.
Smith, of Winchester Road, Colchester, was charged last year with two counts of sexual assault, 13 counts of indecent assault and one of buggery.
He denied the charges, which relate to offences committed between 1972 and 1983, and 2014, involving eight victims who were all aged 15 or under.
Following a trial at Ipswich Crown Court, he was found guilty on July 29, 2016 of 10 counts of indecent assault, one of buggery and one of sexual assault.
He was cleared of three counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.
Smith was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday September 2.
He will be on the sex offenders register for life and the judge granted a sexual harm prevention order for an indefinite time period.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Jim Finnigan said after the hearing: “The judge considered Smith to be dangerous and he will need to serve at least two thirds of his jail term before he can be considered for parole.
“I and his victims welcome the sentence handed down and are pleased that justice has been done in this case.”