Christian Youth Group Leader Jailed for Child Abuse

A lawyer who represented defendants accused of sexual offences has himself been jailed for molesting children.

Michael Pulsford, 68, abused three boys and three girls while he was a Christian youth group leader between 1974 and 1989.

Pulsford admitted 16 counts of indecent assault.  The victims, who were aged between 12 and 15, were abused in Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Southampton Crown Court heard Pulsford groomed children while he was viewed as a “pillar of the community” during summer camps, at his home and in his office.

Pulsford was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison.


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