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The Probation Service and police were aware the men - both on the Sex Offenders Register - were living together but could only monitor them.
Even if the couple are eventually released they will still be able to move back in together under current laws.
Richard Howarth, prosecuting, said: ‘The Crown would have wanted an order that the defendants do not reside with each other because it is when they are together they are most dangerous, but I believe that may offend human rights legislation.’
The prosecutors said the pair’s victims were lulled into a false sense of security as they were groomed in a ‘deliberate and expert fashion’.
Two of the boys met Carruthers as he asked them to look after his dogs while he popped into a shop to buy cigarettes.
He was soon offering them small amounts of money to carry out odd jobs in his flat before suggesting he could give them ‘a million pound each’ to satisfy his desires.
They also claimed to be former jockeys who knew many famous people and would show a picture of them apparently posing with Sir David Jason in his role as Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses.
One of the victims had learning difficulties which Carruthers exploited to confuse the boy.
In victim impact statements read to the court, one mother said she had ‘gone through hell’ and that her son was still terrified that the pair would escape from prison.
Another mother said her son had talked of committing suicide and was constantly being teased at school after he told classmates about his ordeal.