Scout war­den ad­mits as­saults

Jailed for in­de­cent at­tacks on boys

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A FOR­MER scout camp war­den has been jailed for 27 months after car­ry­ing out in­de­cent as­saults on boys in the 1980s.

Bryan Wright, 76, from Glouces­ter­shire, worked at a camp in Chal­font St Peter and was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of in­de­cent as­sault on a boy un­der 16 on May 22, 2013.

Wright, of Charfield, Wooton un­der Edge, was then charged with three counts of in­de­cent as­sault on a boy un­der 16 on April 28 this year.

The of­fences took place against two boys at Chal­font Heights Scout Camp be­tween Au­gust 1 1984 and Au­gust 31, 1985.

Wright pleaded guilty at Ayles­bury Crown Court on Septem­ber 3. He was Bryan Wright car­ried out crimes in the 1980s sentenced at the same court on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 29, to 27 months’ jail for count one, 27 months for count two and 12 months for count three. The sen­tences will run at the same time.

One of the vic­tims told po­lice he was ‘sat­is­fied’ with the sen­tence, but that ‘the mem­ory of Wright will stay with me for­ever’.

Wright was em­ployed by the Scout As­so­ci­a­tion from 1970 to 1989.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, Det Con Carolyn Bai­ley of the Child Abuse In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit said: “I hope Wright’s sen­tence will bring some clo­sure to his vic­tims, who showed brav­ery and courage in com­ing for­ward.”

Chief Crown Pros­e­cu­tor Adrian Foster said: “Wright took ad­van­tage of his sta­tus to prey on young boys for his own sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

“It is only due to the great courage of the vic­tims that the de­spi­ca­ble be­hav­iour of this man has been ex­posed.

He added: “The sen­tence serves as an im­por­tant mes­sage to peo­ple who have been the vic­tim of crimes such as th­ese, or those that know such crimes are be­ing com­mit­ted, should come for­ward be­cause time is no bar­rier to jus­tice.

“The emo­tional im­pact on the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies is im­pos­si­ble to quan­tify. I hope that the con­vic­tion and sen­tence gives some small com­fort to them.” CHURCHES are work­ing with the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion to com­mem­o­rate the First World War.

Chal­font St Peter Parish Church, Gold Hill Bap­tist Church and St Joseph’s Church, both in Chal­font St Peter, as well as St James Church in Ger­rards Cross, will dis­trib­ute more than 5,000 copies of the Ac­tive Ser­vice John’s Gospel to the pub­lic.

The pocket gospel was given to sol­diers dur­ing the war. The churches will also give out an ac­com­pa­ny­ing book­let which ex­plains the role of the gospel in sol­ders’ lives.

Parish church mem­ber Richard Sil­man said: “Most fam­i­lies have rel­a­tives who ei­ther fought or died in the First World War. There is a real in­ter­est in do­ing this project.”

In the build up to Re­mem­brance Day on Novem­ber 11, the churches will visit schools such as Chal­font St Peter CoE Academy, Chalfonts Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Thorpe House and Chal­font St Peter In­fant School to give as­sem­blies on the gospel.

Vol­un­teers will be dis­tribut­ing the gospel and book­lets in Chal­font St Peter and Ger­rards Cross high streets on Satur­day morn­ing, Novem­ber 8 and at Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices at Chal­font St Peter Parish Church and St James Church on Sun­day, Novem­ber 9. Con­tact Richard Sil­man on 07786 194695.

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