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Former Scout Leader Jailed for Abuse

Posted on: April 12, 2017

Paul Cherrett aged 62, a former Scout leader, has been jailed for nine years for abusing boys over a period of 41 years.

Cherrett joined the Scouting movement in 1972 and became an Assistant Cub Scout Leader for the 21st Bournemouth Scout Group until 1977. He then became the Assistant District Commissioner for Bournemouth West District until 1988. Before later returning to the role of District Scout Active Support Member at Butcher Coppice Campsite in 2010.

His offending was eventually discovered in 2016 when a CCTV camera, triggered by a motion sensor in the tuck shop at Butchers Coppice Scout Camp, sent alerts containing still images to a senior member of the camp. The images showed Cherrett acting inappropriately with a boy. Cherrett was subsequently charged with sexual activity with a child.

Due to Cherrett’s 40 year association with the Scout movement, a Police appeal was released requesting information from the public. Following this, a further eight victims came forward.

Cherrett admitted to ten counts of indecent assault against boys aged under 16, three counts of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency and four charges of possession of indecent images of children. He also pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child. The court heard that that the offences involved boys allegedly as young as eight and that Cherrett would sexually abuse his victims and force them to stand naked.

Cherrett was told he will be on the Sex Offenders Register for life and will be made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Uppal Taylor Solicitors are specialist solicitors acting for victims of childhood abuse and maltreatment. If you wish to speak to a solicitor in confidence then please contact us.