What do we really know about the scouts?
According to Wikipedia:
” Scouting (or the Scout Movement) supports young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, that they may play constructive roles in society.
In 1906 and 1907 Robert Baden-Powell, a lieutenant-general in the British Army wrote a book for boys about reconnaissance and scouting. Baden-Powell wrote Scouting for Boys (London, 1908), based on his earlier books about military scouting. In the summer of 1907 Baden-Powell held a camp on Brownsea Island in England to test ideas for his book.
This camp and the publication of Scouting for Boys are generally regarded as the start of the Scout movement.”
Some famous scouts include the following:
- Cliff Richard
- Tony Blair
- Rolf Harris
- Jim Davidson
- Peter Mandelson
- Prince Andrew
Murderous child-rapist Jimmy Savile was a great fan of scouts.
Murderous child-rapist Sidney Cooke had links to a paedophile ring who abused many scouts.
According to the Birmingham Post:
” A paedophile ring infiltrated a breakaway scout association to give the perverts an endless supply of children for sex and pornography.
Up to 300 children were attacked, and some of the victims were as young as eight.
Details can be published for the first time after a series of trials and hearings that ended yesterday.
Among those accused was Brian Turner (60), of Cherry Road, Enfield, Middlesex, who police believe may have introduced child sex killer Sydney Cooke to Jason Swift, a 14-year-old rent boy who was killed during a sex orgy on an east London council estate in 1985.
Cooke was jailed for 19 years in 1989 at the Old Bailey for Jason’s manslaughter, and his recent release provoked outrage.
Turner was part of a separate ring, the infamous Dirty Dozen, whose 12 members were captured in the Eighties. Cooke and three others killed Jason Swift.
Turner and three scoutmasters pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to sex offences involving four boys, one a scout.
A fourth scoutmaster, Malcolm Murchie (37), of Dagenham, Essex, was cleared on Monday of conspiracy to bugger and indecently assault boys between 1990 and 1997.
A fifth scoutmaster, Douglas Braithwaite, died before he could be brought to trial.
The scoutmasters all belonged to the UK Baden-Powell Scout Association, which broke away from the main Scouting movement in the late Sixties. The group has 100 lodges and 2,000 boy members.
Judge David Radford lifted a publication ban on details of the police investigation after the acquittal yesterday of scoutmaster Robert Kearns, who had denied conspiring to intimidate a witness, the mother of a boy victim.
Kearn’s male lover, John Reed (78), of west London, pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to intimidating the witness. The judge adjourned his sentence until October 9 for reports.
Turner was jailed for five years in 1987 for conspiracy to bugger and indecently assault boys. But after his release he continued his perversion..
Earlier this month Turner pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault, attempted buggery and conspiracy to commit indecent assault. He denied conspiring to bugger boys – a charge left to lie on the court file.
Turner will be sentenced in October at Snaresbrook Crown Court with the three scoutmasters. They are Keith Spratt (49), of Bracknell, Berks, Kearns (50), of Edgeware Road, west London, and Dennis Ward (66), from Charnhill Way, Plymstock, Devon, who have also admitted child sex charges.
Turner was not involved in the scouts, but his co-defendants all helped to run the Baden-Powell Scout Association.
Police disclosed that at least 10 other suspected members of the ring are still under investigation. They come from all walks of life and include teachers and social workers.
Officers found a vast library of child pornography , 14,000 negatives and 350 videos at Kearns’ home.
The photographs were of 52 boys, most of whom have yet to be traced.
Most of the victims were scouts, who were filmed during camping trips and expeditions abroad.
The judge was told that the films and videos were typical examples of “commercial child pornography”. Kearns, a keen amateur photographer, made the films, which were said to be of “professional quality”.
Five police forces are involved in the inquiry, which concerned alleged sex offences against hundreds of children, mostly boys, dating back to the mid-Sixties.”
Isn’t it time to look again at paedophiles and their love of scouts?