Nick Thorpe convicted after victim spotted him posing with children in local paper

A paedophile Scout leader who invited boys to his home before plying them with alcohol and sexually abusing them was caught after a victim saw him posing with children in a local paper.

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Married Nick Thorpe, 48, was jailed for 14 years at Portsmouth Crown Court for preying on members of the group between 1996 and 2005. He was caught when one victim - now in his 30s - saw this photo of the pervert surrounded by young Scouts in newspaper, Portsmouth News, and reported him to the police. Following the trial, two further victims came forward alleging that they too had been abused by him as children. Pervert: The married man was jailed for 14 years after his first conviction prompted two more victims to come forward horpe, from Portsmouth, Hants, was then convicted of an additional two counts of gross indecency with a child and one count of indecent assault. He was sentenced to a further three years for these offences, two of which will run concurrently and one consecutively, taking the time he is due to serve to 14 years. The Scout master of 27 years was also made to sign the Sex Offenders Register. Owen Woods, from Hampshire Constabulary, said: 'I would like to acknowledge the extreme courage displayed by the victims in this case. We understand that it is not unusual for those who were subject to abuse to come forward later in life. If you or somebody you know 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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