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Paedophile Scout Leader From Leighton Buzzard Jailed

Robert Major

4:16pm 20th June 2012

Retired Scout master Robert Major is starting a 14-year jail sentence today for sexually abusing a father AND his son.

Bizarrely the former lifeguard carried out his copycat crimes 30 years apart, without realising the two victims were related.

Grey-haired Major's sexual past was only exposed when the latest victim told his father he had been abused by the 63-year-old and the horrified Dad revealed his own secret which he had bottled-up for three decades.

The extraordinary father-and-son sexual abuse saga was revealed to a jury when the Scout leader, who was also a lifeguard and pool supervisor, went on trial.

Today (Wed) the jury found Major guilty of 17 of the 18 charges involving the two men and one other.

Major was a supervisor at a leisure centre swimming pool in the 1970s when he took advantage of the then schoolboy.

He offered the youngster, aged 11 years at the time, free swimming sessions before manipulating him for sexual acts in return.

In a bizarre twist, police discovered the historic sexual abuse on the prime victim - now aged 45 years - when his son came forward alleging sex assaults by the same man in the late 1990s.

Police interviewed the father when investigating his son's claims and were shocked to find he had also suffered at the hands of Major 30 years previously.

The son, now aged 27 years, took 11 years to pluck up the courage to tell his parents and police of his shocking ordeal.

Major had offered him cigarettes and alcohol and let him watch porn at his flat in exchange for sexual favours.

This was a mirror image of what his father - who had suppressed the abuse for four decades - had been put through at the hands of Major.

He let the father swim at the Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, in Leighton Buzzard, Beds., free of charge in return for sexual encounters in the shower room, bar area and changing rooms, it was claimed.

Major denied eight counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child and one count of rape against the father between 1977 and 1981, as well as two counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child and one count of buggery against the son between 1998 and 2001, when he appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court, sitting at Amersham, Bucks.

He also denied two counts of indecent assault against another man dating back to the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The jury heard that Major had been a Scout leader in Leighton Buzzard from the 1960s to the 1980s as well as holding a role as supervisor at the local swimming baths.

The jury of seven men and five women took six hours and 55 minutes to return their verdicts.

Major, of Steppingstone Place, Leighton Buzzard, was found guilty on all counts except the rape of the father.

Judge Simon Davis, on sentencing Major to 14 years, said: "It is difficult to put into words the damage that you have done to the family.

"You preyed upon these three adolescents between the ages of 10 to teenage years.

"You gave ready accommodation through occasional alcohol, but more often than not, money and sweets so that there was an enticement to people of that age to succumb to your perverted desires.

"Watching (the father's) evidence it seems to me as it must have to the jury that there was a man who was struggling internally with extraordinary tensions.

"And then finding his son, who had been estranged for years who had returned to the fold, had been abused by you too.

"What was he to do? Keep it inside him which he had done for 30 years? Deal with it, pretending it never happened - the way in which some people deal with this? Or disclose it all?

"I can't think of a worse case of length of behaviour, type of behaviour and impact. And the fact they were willing participants is not mitigating at all.

"That's what people like you do. They pick their target and abuse their target."

Major was put on the sex register for life, disqualified from working with children and given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from being alone with children under 16 years.

Photo courtesy of David Armitage.

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