Scout warden admits assaults
Jailed for indecent attacks on boys
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.