Scout chief jailed for sex abuse of 5 boys

Daily Express - - Waging War On Loneliness - By News Re­porter

A SCOUT leader who sex­u­ally abused five boys in his troop was jailed for more than 11 years yesterday.

Ac­coun­tant Philip Levi, 73, showed his vic­tims porno­graphic films be­fore en­gag­ing in a sex act as they lay naked on his bed.

His vic­tims were aged be­tween 13 and 19 and all be­lieved they could trust Levi. But af­ter lur­ing them into his home he would as­sault them, Har­row Crown Court was told.

His sex at­tacks lasted from 1972 to 1985 and took place while he was leader at a Har­row scout group.

Sur­vivors

Sur­vivors of his at­tacks sat in the pub­lic gallery of the court as Judge Justin Cole told him: “Par­ents put their boys in your trust. They as­sumed, as did the boys, that you would be a role model.

“In­stead, in the cases of five boys in your care, who were rang­ing in age from 13-19 years old but for the most part were in the bot­tom part of that cat­e­gory, you chose to sys­tem­at­i­cally sex­u­ally abuse them for your own per­verted plea­sure.”

In state­ments read out to the court, Levi’s vic­tims de­scribed their feel­ings of shame and em­bar­rass­ment.

Some have since de­vel­oped problems with al­co­hol and found it hard to have re­la­tion­ships.

Levi of Hunt­ing­don, Cam­bridge, ad­mit­ted 12 counts of in­de­cent as­sault on a male per­son and three counts of in­de­cency with a child.

He was jailed for 11 years and three months.

Prose­cu­tor Justin Bear­man said: “The of­fences rep­re­sent clearly a gross breach of trust.”

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