October 2017

Former scout leader convicted of sex offences against girl

A former scout leader has been warned he faces a prison sentence after targeting a schoolgirl during long-running and repeated sexual abuse.

Andrew Ranyard, 38, denied seven offences but was convicted by a jury at Grimsby Crown Court of three of them.

He was found guilty of two offences of multiple indecent assault and one of indecency with a child.

He was cleared of three offences of rape and one of assault.

Louise Reevell, prosecuting, said that Ranyard, of College Road, East Halton, was involved in the local community at the time, including organising pool, darts and dominoes at a pub.

“He was a scout leader,” she said.

Raynard had lived in Immingham, Cleethorpes and Grimsby.

The court heard Ranyard took the girl, who was under 16, shopping and to the cinema and the grooming soon turned sexual.

Recorder Peter Makepeace QC said that the girl was, by law, too young at the time to give her consent to having sex.

He adjourned the case for pre-sentence reports but warned Ranyard a custodial sentence was “inevitable”.

Ranyard was remanded in custody.