October 2000

Jail for child abuser

A FARM worker has been jailed for 12 years after a jury convicted him of 17 offences of sexual abuse against five boys over a 10-year period.

Peter Cleaver, 40, was told by Judge Jeremy Griggs at Exeter Crown Court that the court accepted that he was a ‘sad and lonely man,’ but he had ‘corrupted’ his victims into thinking his behaviour was natural.