March 2018

Disgraced scoutmaster who sexually assaulted young children escapes jail

THIS is the disgraced former scoutmaster who walked free from court after sexually assaulting frightened schoolgirls.

Pervert Russel Butler groped a 13-year-old child’s bottom and put his hand up a young girl’s skirt ordering her to expose herself.

The 58-year-old, who volunteered to work alongside young children as a scoutmaster, had previously been told to prepare for jail.

However, a senior judge took pity on Butler, who cares for his elderly mother, and slapped him with a suspended jail sentence.

Sentencing, Judge Maria Lamb said: “This was a clear abuse of trust on your part. You were a scout master and they were under your care.

“You were meant to look after and protect them.

“You used these girls for your own sexual gratification.

“I have taken note that you are the only care for your elderly mother.”

Butler previously denied five counts of sexual abuse on a child but changed his plea.

The 58-year-old, of Milking Barn Lane, Arborfield, was slapped with 20 month jail sentence, suspended for two years months.

He also has links to Bracknell and Ascot.

Butler was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service and sign a sexual harm prevention order.

He was added to the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.