Verisona Law represent the brave individual who spoke out about her abuse at the hands of David Oliver - Former scout leader

A FORMER Scout leader who abused a teenage girl at Butchers Coppice has been spared a prison sentence.

David Oliver, of Coombe Gardens in Bournemouth, was convicted of six counts of indecent assault following a five-day trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Jurors heard the defendant, now 51, kissed and sexually assaulted his young victim on a number of occasions in the late 1990s.

The girl, who was under the age of 16, was targeted in the grounds around the Scout camp and an office at the site.

On one occasion, she was assaulted in Oliver’s car on the way to a camp in the New Forest.

The defendant was sentenced to two years in prison suspended for two years and ordered to complete an activity requirement and a two-year supervision order.

He will also be on the sex offenders register for a decade.

Charles Derham, head of the abuse team, attended the sentencing in the hope that he would witness justice. The sentence in his view is not proprtionate to the crime. The abuse has had a profound affect on the indivual in question, Oliver put her through the distress and trauma of a five day trial offering no evidence to dispute the allegations he faced.

Verisona Law have significant expertise in pursuing claims against the Scouts Association. We have an ongoing claim in respect of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of this former Scout leader at Butchers Coppice Scout Camp.
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 lawyers who will be happy to speak to you about whether it may be possible to bring a claim.

Below is a selection of organisations/instutions/bodies we are frequently instructed to pursue.


  • Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.


  • The Scouts Association, St Johns Ambulance, MIND, the Children’s Society, Barnados.

Private companies

  • Football trainers, judo teachers, dance instructors, swimming instructors, holiday activity centres, nurseries, youth clubs.

Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence

  • County Councils, Borough Councils, City Councils, ILEA, cadets, navy/ army (forces).

National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs

  • Hospitals, Disability care centres, children’s care providers.


  • Convicted perpetrators, acquitted perpetrators.

Children’s Homes

  • Respite care, full time children’s home, part-time children’s homes.

Religious Institutions

  • Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.

Foster Carers

  • Permanent carers, temporary carers

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