Ex-scoutmaster Martin Tucker admits 26 sex offences against teenagers

A former Scout master has admitted a series of serious historic sexual offences. Legal executive Martyn Lewis Tucker, 67, of Chester, was warned to expect a significant prison sentence. The Sealand Road resident was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender pending his sentencing, which will take place on uesday (May 13). Judge Niclas Parry agreed to re-bail him in the meantime. Tucker entered the dock at Mold Crown Court and admitted a total of 26 sexual offences. The charges originally included male rape but prosecuting barrister John Philpotts told the court that male rape was not known to the criminal law at the time the offences were committed. He had therefore amended the charges. Tucker went on to admit 12 charges of indecent assault on young boys, nine charges of indecency with a child, and five charges of another illegal sexual act. The offences date from 1968 to 1978 when he worked as a scout master and occurred in Flintshire, Cheshire and elsewhere and relate to four victims, all young teenagers. Stephen Edwards, defending, said it would be a difficult and lengthy sentencing exercise and asked that sentencing be adjourned to a convenient date. Judge Niclas Parry agreed but said that he would consult the presiding judge over the issue. He said that in view of “recent events” it should be considered whether sentencing of such cases should await a decision of the court of appeal. It is thought that the judge was referring to the sentencing of publicist Max lifford who received a total of eight years. Mr Philpotts said that one of the victims would wish to address the court at sentencing stage to present his own victim impact statement. Verisona Law have specific expertise in dealing with claims in respect of alleged assalts carried out by Scoutmasters. If you were subject 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.


Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

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Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

Charles has strong contacts with some of the most prominent barristers who advise on abuse claims including a number of QC’s. He also has robust connections with highly qualified expert witnesses he instructs in support of those who he represents.

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