Former Scout leader jailed


Shaun Hudd (22) of Lawrence Weston, Bristol appeared before His Honour Judge Lambert at Bristol Crown Court for sentencing having been found guilty of a series of sexual offences.

Hudd posed as a teenager on social media sites to find children he could exploit, using fake profiles to befriend children before encouraging them to send him indecent images of themselves. He admitted the offences including causing a child to engage in sexual activity and making and distributing indecent images of children.

Hudd was sentenced to eight years imprisonment with an extended licence period of five years, ordered to sign the sexual offenders register for life and was subject to a sexual harm prevention order for an indefinite period.

CPS South West Crown Prosecutor Claire Williams said: "This was an extremely complex case that involved children, who had to relive the horrors of what Hudd had done to them through a series of interviews with the police. We must commend them for their bravery throughout."

Hudd was also given a restraining order for an indefinite period in which he cannot either directly or indirectly make contact with his victims.

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