A FORMERr doctor has been sent to prison for a number of sexual offences against young boys.

Sivaguru Narendran, known as Dr John Narendran, 78, of Sackville Road, Hailsham was charged with 17 counts of indecent assault while working at The Horder Centre, Crowborough and Eastbourne District General Hospital between 1983 and 1996.

Narendran was found guilty of 13 counts of indecent assault and not guilty of the count of buggery.

He appeared back at Lewes Crown Court sitting at Brighton on Friday and was sentenced to 12 years and given a lifetime sexual harm prevention order.

Narendran stood trial and it was established the earliest offence was 1987 and the counts were amended to be 13 counts of indecent assault and one count of buggery.

All the victims were young boys who came into contact with Narendran whist he was working as a doctor at the two hospitals between these dates.