September 2016

Sado-masochistic & paedophile ex-scoutmaster has sentence cut



A depraved ex-scoutmaster from Lynn who forced boys to take part in degrading sado-masochistic rituals had his sentence cut by the nation’s top judge yesterday.

Barry James Warren, 79, of Clifton Road, abused vulnerable boys he met through the Scouts, exploiting his victims between 1976 and the 1990s.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, said Warren preyed on the youngsters while taking them on trips to the Norfolk Broads.

He invented a bizarre “game” in which he produced a whip and said boys should take it in turns to beat him.

Later offences involved Warren increasing the level of masochism inflicted on himself.

Because his crimes occurred during boating trips, Warren’s victims were “effectively trapped and prey to his perverted demands”, London’s Appeal Court heard.

Warren was jailed for 10½years at Norwich Crown Court in October after admitting counts of indecent assault, gross indecency and indecency with a child.

Slashing his sentence to seven years, Lord Thomas also took account of Warren’s advanced age, ill health and guilty pleas.

Boys involved in one rash of offences were aged under 13 and the judge said Warren’s “perverted activities” had affected some of them badly.

October 2015

Former scout master jailed for sexually abusing young boys

Barry Warren, 78, was jailed for 10 years 6 months today after admitting to a string of offences involving boys – some dating back to the 1970s. 

Warren, of Clifton Road, was sentenced by Judge Bacon this morning at Norwich Crown Court.

In August 2014, he pleaded guilty to two counts of gross indecency against two boys under the age of 13 in the 1990s when he was a Scout master.

Twelve more victims came forward alleging abuse following his conviction. All offences involved boys under the age of 16 who met Warren through the Scouts between the mid-1970s and mid-1990s.

Welcoming the sentencing, Detective Con Debbie Payne, from Norfolk Constabulary’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit said: “Warren clearly misused his position of trust to take his unassuming victims on trips on the Norfolk Broads and swimming at the weekends.

“He then used these trips as an opportunity to abuse them. We would like to commend all the victims for the bravery they have shown in speaking to the police.”

“Warren’s actions all those years ago, has had a profound impact on many of the victims but we hope such a sentence will help them to move on positively with their lives.

She added: “We would also like to assure other victims of abuse that every allegation is fully investigated by Norfolk Constabulary, with specialist officers guiding victims through the process.

“Support and advice is available from a range of agencies and police work closely with partners to work towards the successful prosecution of offenders.”

The new allegations resulted in Warren pleading guilty to seven counts of gross indecency and one count of sexual assault at Norwich Crown Court on Monday 7 September. Warren was sentenced for all offences at court today.

Warren was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

August 2014

Scout master admits gross indecency on boys aged under 13 years old 

A 74-year-old former scout master has pleaded guilty to two historical counts of gross indecency against boys under the age of 13.

Barry Warren, of Clifton Road, King’s Lynn, abused his “unassuming victims” during trips on the Broads in the early 1990s, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Det Con Debbie Payne said Warren had “clearly misused his position of trust”.

He was released on bail to be sentenced on 22 September.

Ms Payne, from the Norfolk Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Warren clearly misused his position of trust to take his unassuming victims on trips on the Norfolk Broads and swimming at the weekends.

“He then used these trips as an opportunity to abuse them.”