Former scout leader is charged with child sex offences

23/06/2011

A former scout leader appeared before Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 20 June, after being charged with multiple child sex offences.

Robert James Major (62) of Steppingstone Place, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, has, on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), been charged by police with one count of rape against a child, eight counts of inciting a child to commit gross indecency, six charges of indecent assault on a child and two counts of possessing indecent images of children.

A CPS case lawyer said: "I can confirm that I have authorised a total of 17 charges against Robert Major for sex offences, including rape, against two young male victims. The crimes took place at two addresses in Leighton Buzzard between 1977 and 1982 and at an address in Aylesbury between 1997 and 2001.

"Major worked as a former scout leader in the Leighton Buzzard area from the 1960s to 1980s, as well as a former pool supervisor at a local leisure centre. He was charged on 10 June and was released on bail to attend court on Monday.  He will next appear at Aylesbury Crown Court on 4 July, for a preliminary hearing."