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A man seen as the 'ideal' foster parent by social services was a secret paedophile who sexually abused girls in his care for years. Kenneth Morton, 58, fooled his wife and family, who had no idea he was sexually assaulting the three vulnerable children when left alone with them. He was jailed for 12 years at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday after admitting the systematic abuse of two girls aged 11 and a 13-year-old at his home over a five-year period. He pleaded guilty to 11 offences, including attempted rape and indecent assault. Morton told his victims he was giving them lessons in sex and said to one: 'You have got to learn how to pleasure a man.' He even got one of the girls to act as a lookout so he could abuse one of the others uninterrupted. On paper Morton and his wife seemed well suited to being foster carers. As a father of three and grandfather he had many years of experience with children and did not have a criminal record. After being approved by social services he was an official foster carer for ten years. But for at least half of this period he was abusing girls entrusted to live with him. Passing sentence Judge Alan Goldsack QC said his offending fell into the 'most serious' category. Instead of bringing security and stability to his victims' lives Morton had breached that trust, he said. The judge told Morton: 'You with your wife were seen as the ideal foster carers but a few years ago you started abusing girls around 11 who were placed into your care. This was sustained and serious offending on an escalating scale. Your victims did not give consent. They were powerless to stop you.' As Morton was being sentenced he collapsed in the dock and had to be helped to his seat by prison officers.