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A “WICKED and evil” former Scout leader may die behind bars after he was given a second life sentence for the horrific abuse of boys.

Philip Longbottom, 69, “systematically sought out and hunted down” his victims as his prey, the judge sentencing him at Bradford Crown Court said today.

Longbottom was jailed for life in September 2016, with a minimum term of seven years behind bars, for multiple counts of rape, serious sexual assault, and indecent assault against boys over a period of 40 years.

He returned to the court from prison this afternoon to be given a second life term in which he will spend at least six years in prison for 15 further offences.

Judge Jonathan Rose warned Longbottom that he would not be released until the Parole Board considered that he was no longer a serious risk of causing serious harm.

Longbottom pleaded guilty last month to five charges of buggery, involving three boys, and ten offences of indecent assault.

Prosecutor Stuart Denney said Longbottom abused six young boys aged between ten and 17.

The former Scout leader and Sea Cadet district officer took the youngsters to Cowling Pinnacle to molest them as well as to mills and to his then home near Keighley.

Longbottom, a textiles businessman, formerly of Oakdale Drive, Wrose, Shipley, bribed the boys with alcohol, money, meals and sweets, the court heard.

Impact statements from his victims, now men, spoke of their shame, guilt and ruined childhoods.

“I blame myself for trusting a person in authority,” one stated. “I feel dirty inside even though it was years ago.”

Another had turned to drugs to block out “the horrific memory”.

One man described how he was groomed with drink and meals, although he mistrusted Longbottom from the first lingering handshake.

“I was used as a sexual predator’s toy,” the man stated. “I feel worthless, pointless and a disgrace of a man.”

He told how he had self-harmed and thought about suicide because of “my attacker, my nightmare: the single most evil man I have ever met.”

The sister of one of the victims blamed Longbottom for her brother’s untimely death in his forties. She said the little boy was “thrilled” when he joined the Sea Cadets and Longbottom took a special interest in him.

“He idolised him and he was brutally sexually attacked at only 14 years old,” the woman told the court.

Reading out her statement directly to Longbottom, who sat in the dock with head bowed, she said her brother turned to drink and that was a major factor in his death.

“He was isolated and on the margins of society. He died alone and largely estranged from his family and friends,” she said.

The woman said she made a statement to the police about Longbottom in 1999 but he remained at liberty to destroy more lives.

Another victim said he still lived with “the crippling shame” and every part of his life was impacted.

Several victims said Longbottom told them “who are they going to believe?” if they threatened to go to the police.

In 1970, Longbottom was given a suspended prison sentence for four offences of indecently assaulting young men.

Longbottom had already served two-and-a-half years behind bars and the six years would be served on top of that, meaning that he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Judge Rose labelled Longbottom a very dangerous man who had committed wicked offences.

“You systematically sought out and hunted down boys and young men as your prey,” he said.

The fact that he did not tell the police about the six more boys before he was sentenced in 2016 showed he had “dark secrets that he had been anxious to hide.”

October 2018

Goose Eye Convicted Paedophile Faces More Boy Sex Charges

A former scout leader jailed for life for the sexual abuse of 12 boys has been charged with sex offences against six more boys.

Textiles businessman Philip Longbottom, 69, is currently caged in Wakefield Prison – dubbed ‘Monster Mansion’ – after he pleaded guilty to more than 40 offences, stretching from 1968 to 1996, with a further offence in 2010.

They included multiple counts of rape, serious sexual assault, and indecent assault.

He lived at an ‘open house’ farm at Goose Eye where he would ply his victims with drink and drugs.

Longbottom was also involved with a CB radio club, the church boys’ brigade, and the sea cadets and would take boys on expeditions, camping, swimming, and on holidays abroad.

The latest charges, nine counts of indecent assault and six counts of buggery, relate to six boys Longbottom is said to have preyed upon between 1969 and 1995.

September 2016

Businessman given life sentence after abusing 12 boys

A Scout leader and “pillar of the community” who indulged in a 40-year campaign of horrific sexual abuse against 12 boys has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of seven years behind bars.

Textiles businessman Philip Longbottom, 67, used his wealth and influence to befriend his victims’ families and then bribed and threatened the children to keep them quiet.

Father-of-three Longbottom, of Oakdale Drive, Wrose, Shipley, had already pleaded guilty to more than 40 offences, stretching from 1968 to 1996, with a further offence in 2010.

They included multiple counts of rape, serious sexual assault, and indecent assault.

He lived at a farm at Goose Eye, Keighley, which prosecutor Kate Batty said was often an “open house” for parties where he would ply his victims with drink and drugs.

“He showed a real interest in boys who came to the house, he was not interested in the girls,” she said.

“He would engineer situations where he would have free access to abuse them.

“There was significant planning and abuse of trust in every case.”

Longbottom, who was also involved with a CB radio club, the church boys’ brigade, and the sea cadets took many of his victims, who were aged between seven and 19 and often from disadvantaged families, on expeditions, camping, swimming, and on holidays abroad.

He showered them with money and expensive gifts in a bid to buy their silence and affections, even buying one victim a Porsche for his 17th birthday.

Impact statements from 11 of the 12 victims were read to the court during today’s hearing, with two choosing to address Longbottom, who sat motionless in the dock with his head bowed throughout, directly.

One said: “You saw our family in turmoil and came into our lives as a ray of sunshine, you gave us hope.

“But, it wasn’t with clean intent, you were grooming me and my whole family.

“The sight of you filled me with dread. I resent every moment of freedom you have had, it is an insult to your victims.

“I hope you feel the sickness of guilt every second you spend in prison.”

Longbottom’s offending took place in various locations including at his own home, at victim’s homes, on camping trips, in swimming pool changing rooms, and the cinema.

Jayne Beckett, defending, said Longbottom accepted everything said in court and described him as a “broken man” who had experienced an “unbelievably spectacular fall from grace.”

Sentencing him for his “dreadful deeds”, Judge Jonathan Rose said “deviant” Longbottom had a “perception of children as things to be bought and used.”

He said: “You were a dangerous sexual predator, and you systematically sought out boys as your prey.

“The offending by you took place on a virtually continuous basis. You were able to offend with such ease because of your wealth and involvement with community organisations.

“Each of your victims harbours awful memories, and all have suffered profoundly. Not one of them has been left undamaged by your actions.

“You blame two of the complainants for going to the police and blame them for having been arrested and put before the court, as if they had done wrong. They have not.

“They are brave and honest, while you castigate them for their courage.

“Your offending was wicked and the harm it caused was long-lasting, if not ever-lasting. It is regrettable it has taken you so many years to admit it.”

Longbottom was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.