Peter Loco former scoutmaster jailed for five years after pleading guilty sex offences

A former scoutmaster has been jailed for five years after pleading guilty to a catalogue of historical sexual offences against young boys.

Peter Loco, 50, was in charge of First Bredbury and Woodley Scout Group in Stockport during the mid-1990s when the crimes took place.

He was convicted at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, of 11 counts of indecent assault on a male, one count of making indecent images of a child and 13 counts of making indecent photographs of a child.

An allegation was made against Loco by a teenage scout in 1996 but police were unable to prosecute because of a lack of evidence.

But nearly 20 years later Loco uploaded an indecent image to social media triggering a reopening of the case and a police raid on his home.

Officers who searched the address in Lyne Edge Road, Dukinfield, found indecent images of children on a laptop computer and a sickening stash of VHS video tapes of children being sexually abused.

The victim behind the mid-90s complaint against Loco has now spoken about his long wait for justice.

The man, who is now in his 30s and wants to remain anonymous, said:

It affected me a lot.

“As a kid I used to think ‘why did I let him do it’ – I always had that question.

“I had to have counselling. I used to get angry at things, it made me an angry person. “I used to get into trouble and it never happened before that. I don’t know if it was because of what happened to me but it might have been a factor.”

“I went up to the scout hut ten years later with a few mates to see if he was still there. “When I saw him walk out my heart sank, I thought ‘after all that happened to me, and he is still working with kids’. “It wasn’t good because I knew what he had done and wondered if there were any other kids who had been through what I had.”

“I have got a bit of closure because he has got time and people know what he has done and what he is capable of – I can move on now.

“It’s given me peace of mind that he can’t hurt any more kids.”

– Victim of Peter Loco

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