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Scout leader caged after ‘painting boys’ bodies’ before sexually assaulting


A former Scout leader who painted symbols on young boy’s bodies before sexually assaulting them has been sentenced to five years and two months behind bars.

Aaron Blake, 69, took polaroid photographs of his victims and kept them for more than 30 years, Preston Crown Court heard.

According to Lancs Live, one of his victims was so traumatised by the abuse he has refused to let his own children join in the scout movement.

Another was encouraged to speak out after watching an episode of Hollyoaks, the court was told.

Blake, of Crofts Close, Kirkham ran a Cubs group with his wife from the 1980s to the 90s.

Using his position as a trusted scout leader, he groomed three boys before indecently assaulting them, on camp and in the garage of his home.

Blake, who has previous convictions for indecent assault and making indecent images, was arrested in December 2018 after he told someone he wanted to play Father Christmas in local schools.

One of his victims had reported the abuse a month earlier, but as a result of his arrest two more victims were identified.

Polaroid photos found at Blake’s home at the time of his arrest showed one of the boys with a symbol painted on his torso. Years later the boy reported Blake had indecently assaulted him as he cleaned it off.

Another of the victims also reported being painted by Blake before being abused.

Judge Heather Lloyd, sentencing, said Blake had “groomed the parents” who had trusted the scoutmaster to look after the sons.

One set of parents had approached him to help their son with his school work and Blake had convinced another set to allow their son to go on cub camp with him.

Judge Lloyd said: “It was that position of trust which enabled you to have access to these boys.

“All your victims are now grown men but they have lived in the knowledge of what you did to them.”

Blake maintained he was not guilty of the offences until the second day of his trial at Preston Crown Court, when he pleaded guilty to one count of indecency with a child and three counts of indecent assault.

Judge Lloyd said: “I suspect you hoped you might get away with these crimes towards these little boys, as they then were.

“Time has caught up with you.”




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