May 2017

Ex-scout chief jailed for abusing boys

A former scout master who sexually abused seven boys who saw him as a role model has been jailed for 16 years.

Norman Thompson, 66, now of Belted Will Close, Wigton, abused the boys between 1984 and 2000, with the youngest being nine years old.

Carlisle Crown Court heard he had previously admitted 29 indecent assault charges and one charge of making indecent photographs of a child.

Judge Peter Davies called him “a disturbing and manipulative man”.

The court heard that Thompson’s victims saw him initially as a role model and “father figure”.

The court heard how Thompson would arrange to take selected boys on trips and, whilst there, he would ply them with alcohol and subject them to sexual acts.

Thompson would also take boys to his then home in Aspatria and engage them in sex acts.

It was on trips to the Lake District and abroad that Thompson abused them, took pictures of them and showed them child sexual abuse images and movies

The prosecution described this as the “grooming behaviour of a predatory paedophile”.