A police officer and scout leader who sexually abused boys and young men has been convicted of 40 offences.
Allan Richards, who served with West Midlands Police for 31 years, assaulted 17 people between 1976 and 2013. His youngest victim was eight.
The 54-year-old, who worked as a police constable between 1980 and 2011, kept a list of boys he was attracted to.
West Midlands Police has apologised to Richards's victims and said it could have done more.
The attacks took place at scout camps, swimming pools and other locations.
The court heard Richards used a police database to access information about young men.
Richards, formerly of Thaxted Road, Birmingham, was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court of nine indecent assaults against six boys. He will be sentenced on the 4 November 2016.
He was found guilty earlier this year of a further 31 sex offences against other boys, including two rapes from the 1970s.
One victim, who was eight when he was abused, said he felt "sick, emotional [and] quite frightened" giving evidence during the trial.
"As soon as the police said to me they wanted to talk about an incident, or possible incident, when I was in the cubs, it was like opening up Pandora's box - everything came flooding back," he said.
"It's something I'd put in a box when I was very young, thought I'd locked it away, but [when the police came] it came springing back out instantly.
The court heard that Richards was questioned after concerns about him were raised in both 2000 and 2004.
But, although he was barred from contact with the public, he avoided prosecution because West Midlands Police said the force was advised there was not enough evidence for a conviction.
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