Bristol scout leader will not face a second sexual abuse trial - Civil claims for compensation still viable

A Scout leader who had a secret sexual attraction to small boys abused several youngsters who he was supposed to be looking after, a court heard.

Rex Meaden was jailed in September after being found guilty of groping one of the youngsters in his care. But, following coverage of his trial in The Post, another victim came forward and reporting of the case was postponed pending another trial due to take place next summer. Now, after discussions which included the new victim, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to pursue the matter.

Rupert Lowe, prosecuting solicitor, said: "If other allegations emerge there are foreseeable circumstances in which one might request permission to re-open proceedings." At Meaden's trial in July, the jury heard he carried out the sexual abuse when he was in charge of a Bristol cub pack in the 1970s.

At Verisona Law we have expertise in dealing with cases against Scoutmasters and are instructed in respect of a number of cases where allegations are made. Individuals who make allegations whether they have secured a conviction or not will still have a potential claim to bring against the Scouts Association.

If you or somebody you know were subjected to abuse please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.


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