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Scout leader travelled 230 miles to have sex with a schoolboy in Tunbridge Wells he groomed on internet
A scout worker from Yorkshire who groomed a 15-yr-old schoolboy in Tunbridge Wells and travelled 230 miles to have sex with him has been jailed for seven years.
Christopher Worrall, 46, who was also chairman of Holme on Spalding Moor Parish Council, travelled to the town for a sex encounter with a boy he had groomed after finding him on Facebook.
He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court this morning (Wednesday) for his offences with the boy in Kent as well as with another boy in north Yorkshire.
The court heard how Worrall contacted the victim online and by text and travelled to a Tunbridge Wells hotel where he got the boy to perform a sex act on him and asked him to take photographs of his private parts.
The incidents with both boys happened between June 17 and October 2, 2012.
The court also heard how Worrall, of Chapel Fields, Holme on Spalding Moor, had agonised over “coming out” as a gay, grooming his victims on the internet and of how one of them tried to commit suicide after meeting him.
Judge Martin Joy said: “There has been a devastating psychological impact in relation to both your victims. Both have had a very severe traumatic effect.”
Judge Joy added there had been “deliberate and calculated grooming” involved but decided Worrall did not present a strictly defined danger for the future.
Worrall received consecutive sentences of three and a half years for each offence of having sexual activity with the teenagers with a concurrent sentence of 27 months for two offences of grooming them.
A sexual offences prevention order was also made and Worrall’s name will appear on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.
Council chairman and former scoutmaster faces jail after sexually abusing two schoolboys