A senior Dorset scout leader has been charged with sexual offences against seven boys

A senior Dorset scout leader has been charged with sexual offences against seven boys.

Paul Cherrett, 62, who was an assistant district commissioner for the Scouts in Bournemouth, is accused of nine counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 16.

He is also charged with two counts of inciting a boy under the age of 14 to commit acts of gross indecency.

Mr Cherrett is due to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on 20 January.

It is alleged the offences took place between 1979 and 2002 at Scout camp premises where Mr Cherrett worked and at other locations.

Dorset Police said Mr Cherrett joined the Scouting movement in 1972 when he became an assistant Cub Scout leader for the 21st Bournemouth Scout Group until 1977.

He then moved into the assistant district commissioner role for the Bournemouth West District until 1988.

He returned in the role of district Scout active support member at Butchers Coppice Camp site in 2010, the force said.

Det Con Jonathan McKinney, of Dorset Police's Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: "Following our investigation into the allegations, the Crown Prosecution Service directed Dorset Police to charge Paul Cherrett with these offences.

"Throughout this investigation the Scout Association has been fully informed and has been working with Dorset Police."

We have significant experience in dealing with claims against the Scouts Association and currently have a claim ongoing in respect of alleged abuse suffered at the hands of another individual at Butchers Coppice.

If you too have suffered or know somebody who has, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. All discussions will be held in the strictest of confidence.

Below is a selection of organisations/instutions/bodies we are frequently instructed to pursue.


  • Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.


  • The Scouts Association, St Johns Ambulance, MIND, the Children’s Society, Barnados.

Private companies

  • Football trainers, judo teachers, dance instructors, swimming instructors, holiday activity centres, nurseries, youth clubs.

Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence

  • County Councils, Borough Councils, City Councils, ILEA, cadets, navy/ army (forces).

National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs

  • Hospitals, Disability care centres, children’s care providers.


  • Convicted perpetrators, acquitted perpetrators.

Children’s Homes

  • Respite care, full time children’s home, part-time children’s homes.

Religious Institutions

  • Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.

Foster Carers

  • Permanent carers, temporary carers

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