A MAN who sexually abused young boys during a six-year 'reign of abuse' has been jailed for ten years.

Claudio Sergio Da Silva, 51, of Monks Walk, East Cowes, began abusing his first victim in 2010.

Da Silva then went on to sexually assault two other boys who were under the age of 16 at the time.

The assaults continued until 2016.

Police said his reign of abuse was brought to an end when the boys came forward and reported it.

Following an investigation, Da Silva was charged with six counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and one count of sexual assault.

Da Silva denied the offences, but was convicted by a jury at Isle of Wight Crown Court on Friday.

He appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court today (Tuesday) where he was jailed for ten years.

His offences were described as 'systematic abuse.'

Da Silva was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which will run indefinitely.

Investigator Claire Linton, from Isle of Wight CID, said: “I cannot emphasise enough the strength and bravery of these young boys.

"It is down to them that this dangerous sex offender has been taken off the streets.

“I would encourage anyone who has been victim of this type of offence to come forward and speak to us.

“We understand this can be a really difficult thing to do, but I hope the verdicts of the jury and the sentencing are reassurance that we take these allegations seriously and you will be listened to.”

An NSPCC spokesperson said after the hearing: “The extent of Da Silva’s abuse is truly appalling, but those he targeted have brought his horrific offences to light through their courage in speaking out. We hope they are getting all the support they need.

“The NSPCC listens to adult survivors of childhood abuse, no matter when it took place, on 0808 800 5000. Children can speak to trained Childline counsellors 24/7 on 0800 1111.”

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