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Former children’s home boss found dead weeks before start of historical sex abuse trial

Former children's home boss found dead weeks before start of historical sex abuse trial

A former children’s home boss has been found dead, just weeks before he was due to stand trial for allegedly abusing boys as young as nine.

The Telegraph reports: John Stingemore, 72, was discovered at his home in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, on Wednesday afternoon.

Police, who were called to the property following concern about his health, found him collapsed and he was declared dead at the scene.

Sussex Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

A post-mortem examination has yet to take place and the case has been passed to the coroner.

Stingemore was due to stand trial next month at Southwark Crown Court charged with a string of indecent assaults on young boys.

The charges came following an investigation into alleged abuse at Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow, west London.

It is part of Operation Fernbridge, a Metropolitan Police investigation into allegations of a Westminster paedophile ring.