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Further jail term for a youth course leader for child sex abuse offences

|News, Sexual offences

A former youth course leader has been imprisoned further for child sex abuse carried out at a Welsh outdoor centre.

This month at Cardiff Crown Court, Pugh pleaded guilty to another count of indecent assault in respect of another victim who came forward to the police during the defendant's trial in 2019. He was sentenced to a further six months' imprisonment in relation to the fourth man, to be served in addition to his current sentence.

Robert Pugh, 76, was jailed for 30 months at the beginning of this year after being found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault against three boys.

Pugh held the position of a course leader, where he instructed young people on outdoor activities. He would attempt to gain the trust of his unsuspecting victims sometimes using alcohol, unwarranted sharing of tents and then engage in indecent touching at the Storey Arms centre, Brecon, and on trips away from this venue.

CPS pursued this prosecution based solely on the victims’ testimonies and despite the challenges of when the offences took place.

Catherine Owen of the CPS said: “Child sexual abuse has a devastating impact, and it is essential that all victims have confidence to report their experiences. Pugh used his position of authority to abuse children who were entrusted to his care. In the pursuit of his horrible gratification, Pugh left each of his young victims with significantly damaging effects of his offences, which are being felt into their adulthood.

“After the CPS pursued the initial prosecution, it prompted other victims to come forward and tell of their abhorrent encounters with Pugh.

“I want to thank the victims for their bravery in coming forward and giving evidence.“

Notes to editors

  • Catherine Owen is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS Cymru/Wales
  • Robert Pugh (DOB: 21/04/44) was sentenced to 30 months' imprisonment for 12 counts of indecent assault of three victims at Cardiff Crown Court on 17 January 2020
  • Robert Pugh was sentenced to a further six months imprisonment for one count of indecent assault of one victim at Cardiff Crown Court on 4 September 2020.

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