A foster father who abused five children over 11 years has been jailed for 22-and-a-half years.
Gary Teague preyed on the young victims he was offering his home to and waited until they were alone before he attacked.
The 58-year-old, from Ramsgate, denied all 14 charges put to him and claimed the allegations against him were entirely fabricated, Canterbury Crown Court heard.
However a jury saw through his lies and convicted him of six counts of rape, three counts of gross indecency, two counts of indecent assault, one count of inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity, and one sexual assault.
Sentencing him, Judge Heather Norton told Teague he must serve two-thirds of his sentence and would be on licence for four-and-a-half years on his release.
He was given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and an restraining order not to contact his victims.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Jenny Brightman said: 'These offences all occurred while Gary Teague was alone with the children.
'He callously told his victims that they wouldn't be believed and that they would be in trouble if they told anyone what had happened.
'Throughout this investigation he denied any wrong-doing, claiming the children had made up the allegations, even though their stories were consistent.'
Detective Constable Brightman paid tribute to Teague's victims, saying: 'They will undoubtedly carry the emotional scars of his abuse for the rest of their lives, yet they showed tremendous courage in giving evidence against him.
'Kent Police takes all allegations of sexual abuse extremely seriously, no matter how long ago they took place. We have teams of specialist officers who work tirelessly to ensure that offenders do not evade justice.
'I hope other victims of this type of abuse will have the confidence to come forward, safe in the knowledge that they will be treated with the utmost care and understanding.
'I also hope that this substantial sentence shows offenders just how seriously the courts take sexual offences against children.'
Former foster carer, 58, who raped and sexually abused five children for more than a decade is jailed for 22 years Alexander Robertson For Mailonline 19 December 2017
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