Ash scout mas­ter at­tacked girls in his car, court hears

Man, 33, told girls ‘every­one will hate you’ if they spoke out about his sex­ual as­saults

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS -

A SCOUT mas­ter from Ash has gone on trial ac­cused of mul­ti­ple sex­ual of­fences, in­clud­ing rap­ing a child.

Jonathan Ly­nas, of Bev­er­ley Close, de­nies nine charges of rape, one of at­tempted rape, two charges of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child and one of sex­ual as­sault.

The al­le­ga­tions re­late to three com­plainants, two of whom were un­der 16 at the time of the al­leged of­fences.

Pros­e­cu­tor Si­mon Con­nolly told the jury at the start of the trial at Guild­ford Crown Court on Tues­day how Ly­nas, 33, at­tacked a child at a party in 2004, wait­ing for her to come out of the toi­let be­fore push­ing her up against an air­ing cup­board, hold­ing her hands above her head while us­ing his other hand to lift her skirt and grope her.

The girl went home and told her par­ents; the po­lice were in­formed and spoke to Ly­nas, but no charges were brought.

“She was sig­nif­i­cantly af­fected by this in­ci­dent,” said Mr Con­nolly. “This was her first sex­ual ex­pe­ri­ence – it was a man forc­ing him­self on her against her will.”

Ly­nas was leader of the 2nd Alder­shot Scouts but was sus­pended by the scout as­so­ci­a­tion af­ter his ar­rest last year. None of the com­plainants were mem­bers of the group.

The court heard how Ly­nas ‘groomed’ another young teenager, ahead of rap­ing her over a two-year pe­riod.

On one oc­ca­sion the de­fen­dant is said to have driven the vic­tim to a se­cluded spot and sex­u­ally at­tacked her, but she screamed and Ly­nas even­tu­ally stopped, warn­ing her not to tell any­one about the in­ci­dent or ‘every­one would hate her’.

Mr Con­nolly said the de­fen­dant’s be­hav­iour soon ‘es­ca­lated’, rap­ing the sec­ond com­plainant sev­eral times and al­ways re­peat­ing the warn­ing that she should not tell any­one.

“She was ter­ri­fied and did as she was told,” added Mr Con­nolly.

“There is also an el­e­ment of the child go­ing along with what was hap­pen­ing be­cause she had been groomed,” he added.

“A girl of that age is go­ing to take the threat of every­one hat­ing her ex­tremely se­ri­ously.”

In a fur­ther in­ci­dent which again al­legedly took place in the de­fen­dant’s car while it was parked at se­cluded po­si­tion, Ly­nas warned the com­plainant that if she did not co­op­er­ate with him he would say that she had ‘come onto him’, ac­cord­ing to Mr Con­nolly.

The pros­e­cu­tor went on to tell the jury how Ly­nas re­peat­edly raped an adult, of­ten sub­ject­ing her to phys­i­cal as well as sex­ual vi­o­lence.

He in­vited the jury to con­sider the ‘sim­i­lar­i­ties in the de­fen­dant’s dom­i­nat­ing be­hav­iour’, as al­leged by the dif­fer­ent com­plainants.

“In all in­stances he at­tempted to nor­malise his be­hav­iour and con­tinue as if noth­ing had hap­pened,” he added.

Ly­nas de­nies that any of the al­leged in­ci­dents took place. The trial is ex­pected to con­tinue into next week.

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