February 2018

Ex-Hemel Hempstead scout leader and football coach admits abusing boys

A former scout leader and football coach, who sexually abused boys in Hertfordshire, has been jailed for three and a half years.

Neil Borgeat, 66, was described by police as a “manipulative paedophile” who also gained the trust of the three boys’ parents.

He admitted indecent assault and gross indecency charges at St Albans Crown Court.

The offences dated between 1982 and 1990 in Hemel Hempstead.

They occurred while Borgeat was leader of the 4th Boxmoor Scout Group and managed youth teams at Emerald Vale football club, the court was told.

The boys were aged between seven and 16 at the time of the offences.

The was reported to Hertfordshire Police’s Joint Child Protection and Investigation Unit – and Borgeat was arrested at his home in Almondsbury, near Bristol.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent assault and two of gross indecency with – or towards – a child.

He will remain on the sex offenders’ register for life.