A former Warwickshire scout leader faces four years in prison for sexual abuse against young boy scouts in his care.
Anthony Ball was convicted by Warwick Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to four charges of indecent assault, three of sexual assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
The offences took place between 1992 and 2010 at both the Alfrey Activity Centre in Broadwater, Warwickshire and various scout camps around the UK and in France. The court heard how he groped teenage boys in their sleeping bags whilst they were at scout camp.
55-year-old Ball was given a seven-year extended sentence - a four year prison term followed by a three-year extension to the time he will be on licence after his release.
He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order restricting his contact with children.
The court also heard how Ball had a previous conviction for downloading indecent images of children.
He was given a three-year community order in July 2012 after he admitted downloading the images, with a condition that he would attend a sex offender’s programme.
Abuse of Trust
Recorder, Adam Feest, labelled Ball “a dangerous offender” during sentencing and described how Ball would ply young scouts with alcohol.
“Knowing they were under age, and vulnerable because of that, you repeatedly used your position to abuse them.”
“One can only imagine what it felt like to wake in the middle of the night to find your scout leader behind you fondling you. You got people drunk … and you sexually abused them; and this went on over a period of about 18 years.”
Scout leaders are trusted by parents to look after their children whilst in their care. By purposely getting these vulnerable young boys drunk for his own sexual gratification, Anthony Ball displayed an appalling abuse of the trust placed in him.
Efa Schmidt is a Personal Injury Solicitor specialising in child abuse cases at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
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