Ex-scout Leader Given 5 Years for Sexual Assaults on Young Girls

An East Sussex man has been given a five year and four month prison sentence, and a further three years under Probation supervision on prison release license, after admitting to sexual offences against a teenage girl. The girl was a member of his scout group while he was a scout leader in Bexhill between 16 and 19 years ago.

66-year-old Duncan Grant, unemployed, formerly of White Rock Road, Hastings and now of no fixed address, was sentenced when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 27th February.

He had pleaded guilty to two counts in a previous case, one of gross indecency and one of indecent assault against the girl. These took place at various locations in the Bexhill area, throughout the periods between 1997 and 2002 when the victim was aged between 12 and 16.

Grant will also remain a registered sexual offender for life.

He pleaded not guilty to four further courts, two of gross indecency and two of indecent assault. These were not proceeded with and will remain on the court file.

Grant left his scout leadership 16 years ago, where he was the leader of the 2nd Bexhill girls scouts group, for reasons unrelated to these crimes. There are no current risks to current members of the organisation.

If you, or a loved one, have been affected by abuse whilst in the Scouts, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced child abuse lawyers who will be happy to speak to you about whether it may be possible to bring a claim.

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