Scout chief jailed for sex abuse of 5 boys
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 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.”