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Former Sea Cadet Commander jailed for abusing schoolboys

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A former Sea Cadet Commanding Officer who sexually assaulted schoolboys as they slept has been jailed for eight years.

Retired naval officer Alan Waters, 73, abused four boys aged between 11 and 15 over around 10 years while volunteering with the Sea Cadets in Clapton and then in Cheshunt during the 1970s and 1980s. 

Today (Thursday, 28 October 2021) at Snaresbrook Crown Court he was sentenced to eight years in prison for his historic crimes. The prosecution also applied for a sexual harm prevention order. Waters was convicted of six counts of indecent assault following a trial at the same court, which concluded in September 2021. 

The first incident took place more than 50 years ago during a Sea Cadet field trip to Surrey between January 1970 and January 1971. The victim who had been sleeping inside a shared tent with around 20 others had been awoken by the sexual assault upon him. 

In another incident a 14-year-old victim who was targeted on another trip pretended he was fast asleep in the hope that the abuse would stop. 

Karen Phillips, from the CPS, said: “Alan Waters used his position of authority within the Sea Cadets to abuse young boys in his care. His sickening attacks were usually on overnight trips with the young victims targeted as they slept. 

“Sexual crimes are some of the most traumatic cases. Some of these victims came forward years later after seeing news coverage following the reporting of Waters’ crimes abroad against vulnerable children in shelters for homeless children in India.

“The prosecution case included bad character evidence from Waters’ convictions in India, incident records obtained from the Sea Cadets and compelling testimony from the victims who bravely gave evidence against their abuser. 

“Crimes against children are abhorrent. Despite the strong prosecution evidence against Waters, he continued to deny all responsibility for his actions and put these victims through a lengthy trial reliving their suffering all over again. 

“I hope these convictions go some way in providing a sense of closure to the victims involved, and encourage other victims of historic sexual abuse to come forward in the knowledge that the CPS will work hard to bring offenders to justice regardless of the amount of time that has passed.”

Notes to editors

  • Alan Waters (DOB: 7.8.1948) is from Hampshire.
  • Karen Phillips is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit on CPS London North. 

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