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mercoledì 5 luglio 2017
Paedo scout leader sentenced for historical sexual abuse of 6 young boys
A paedophile who systematically groomed and sexually assaulted six young boys in the late 1980s and early 1990s has been jailed for 26 years.
Former Scout leaderTaffy Mark Evans, 56, has been convicted of 18 counts of sexual offences in Sussex, Surrey and Swansea, as well as seven offences of possession of indecent images of children.
Unemployed Evans, now of The Crescent, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire, but formerly of Old Shoreham Road, Lancing, committed the offences against six boys who were between the ages of seven and 14 between 1988 and 1995.
Evans met three of the boys - who were from the same family - while visiting a neighbour friend in the same road in Surrey and met the other three through the family members working on the railway.
He first gained their confidences as a "helpful family friend", taking them out on trips and buying them presents and treats.
But Sussex Police say he gradually began to abuse each of them, without the others knowing what was happening, except for two of the boys.
Evans had earlier admitted seven sexual offences and had also previously pleaded guilty to the seven offences of possession of indecent images of children which came to light when he was arrested in May 2014 and his mobile phone was seized.
Forensic examination found indecent images of children on it. These images were taken from the Internet and none are believed to be of any children known to him.
He was found not guilty of one sexual assault against one of the boys who he met again by chance, when an adult in 2008.
Offences were committed at addresses in Charlwood and Redhill in Surrey, and in Brighton, Burgess Hill and Crawley in Sussex.
Evans was living at the Redhill and Brighton addresses at the times of several of the offences.
Two of the offences were committed against one of the boys in Swansea when he and Evans were visiting Evans' family there.
Evans worked as a scout leader in Reigate in the 1990s, although he left the Scouts movement in 1996. He was also a train guard based in Redhill for many years, working on trains in the south east.
However he did not first meet any of the boys in the Scouts or on the trains.
He moved to Hampshire after he was arrested and none of the offences relate to his time there.
Detective Constable Heidi McCall, of West Sussex Investigations, said: "One of the victims had been so traumatised by his experiences that this was having an increasingly adverse effect on his own life.
"In 2014 he came forward. We began enquiries, and further family member disclosed to us that he was also a victim. A fourth victim was identified during the enquiry.
"Then, when it became known that Evans had been charged, the two other victims came forward.
"Five of the victims had to give evidence in court as Evans would not admit the offences against them, and they did so with clarity and courage.
"The video recorded evidence of the sixth victim was so impactive that once Evans saw it he pleaded guilty to the two indecent assaults on him, and that victim was spared the courtroom appearance.
"The bravery of all six was instrumental in bringing Evans to justice. It is due to their courage that this man was convicted.
"This is another case that shows all such reports will be taken seriously and will be investigated to seek justice wherever possible, no matter how long ago the events occurred.
"Anyone who wants to report such offending can always contact us on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced detectives."
Evans has been sentenced to a total of 26 years imprisonment for 32 offences, plus an additional one year on extended licence.
Evans will also be a registered sex offender for life.
He will not be eligible to apply for parole until two-thirds of the way through his 26-year sentence.