Scout camp warden jailed for indecent assaults - Bucks

30/10/2014

A man appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court yesterday, Wednesday, 29 October 2014, and was jailed for more than two years after carrying out indecent assaults on boys in the 1980s at a scout camp in Buckinghamshire.

Bryan Wright, aged 76, of Underhill Road, Charfield, Wooton under Edge, Gloucestershire, was charged with three counts of indecent assault on a boy under 16 on 28 April this year.

The offences took place against two boys between 01 August 1984 and 31 August 1985, at Chalfont Heights Scout Camp when Wright worked there as camp warden.

Wright was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment for count one, 27 months imprisonment for count two and 12 months imprisonment for count three all to run concurrently.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved sexual activity between a man, who is now 76-years-old, and two boys at Chalfont Heights Scout Camp, Buckinghamshire between August 1984 and August 1985.The age of the victims at the time greatly increases the seriousness of the offences.

"Wright was employed by the Scout Association as a Scout Camp Warden 1970-1989. He 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. I would like to pay tribute to them for their strength and tenacity in coming forward.

"Due to the strength of the evidence against him, Wright recognised that justice had caught up with him and he had little option but to plead guilty to the offences, and on 03 September 2014, at Aylesbury Crown Court he pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault. His pleas prevented his victims from the added trauma of re-living their horrific abuse and giving evidence during a trial.

"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, that they should come forward because time is no barrier to justice. The CPS will work closely with partners, as we did with Thames Valley Police in this case, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts.

"The emotional impact on the victims and their families of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify. I hope that the conviction and sentence gives some small comfort to them.Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Carolyn Bailey of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit said: "I am pleased with the sentence given to Wright. I hope Wright's sentence will bring some closure to his victims, who showed bravery and courage in coming forward. Our thoughts remain with them during this difficult period.

"At first, Wright's victims thought they wouldn't be believed after all these years, but this case demonstrates that Thames Valley Police will always listen to allegations of this nature. We hope this result will give confidence to those living with abuse or past abuse that they can approach police.

"The case is evidence that the Force and Crown Prosecution Service can successfully bring offenders to justice even after a significant period of time has elapsed."