July 2017

Paedophile scout leader facing jail after persuading children as young as 12 to send him naked photos

A scout leader is facing jail for inciting youngsters to send him naked photos online.

Daniel Carr, district treasurer for Southend West Scouts, admitted 11 offences when he appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The 26-year-old, of Shoebury High Street, faced three charges of downloading more than 200 indecent images of children on December 9.

They include 26 of the most serious category A images, 58 category B images and 137 category C images.

Carr was further charged with three counts of distributing indecent images of children on the same date, including four category A images, two category B images and two category C images.

The most serious five counts relate to online activities carried out with children, aged between 12 and 15, in which he persuaded them to send him naked photos.

Those five offences of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity took place between November 2015 and December last year.

Lesley Chipps, prosecuting, told magistrates: “These are matters that should be dealt with at the crown court for sentence. It is making and distributing images for which there is a three year starting point, with a range of two to five years. Inciting a child under 13 has a starting point of two years custody. You do not have sufficient sentencing powers.”

Alan Payne, chairman of the bench, told Carr he must now sign the sex offenders register.

He said: “You will be sentenced for this offence at crown court and that’s when you will be told how long this requirement will last for.”

Carr was released on unconditional bail. Outside court, Carr declined to say whether he has now left the Scouts, muttering: “No comment.”

Carr will appear for sentencing at Basildon Crown Court on Monday, July 31.