THE former head of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Army Cadets Force has been jailed for sexually abusing boys in the early 1990s.
Brian Court, 44, was yesterday sentenced to four years in prison after he was found guilty of three historic counts of indecent assault.
The Ministry of Defence employee, who went on to become a colonel and lead the local army cadet force, lured young cadets into his flat where he gave them alcohol before touching them, Southampton Crown Court.
One one occasion, Court told cadets he needed help with jobs the following day and invited them to stay the night at his ground-floor flat in Desborough Road, Eastleigh.
A victim told jurors how he and his friend changed into dressing gowns and Court began touching him as they sat in his living room.
He described how the abuse continued after he went to sleep on a camp bed next to Court’s own bed.
Court was arrested after a former cadet decided to tell police about abuse suffered as a teenager. This prompted two other former cadets to make similar allegations.