Twisted scoutmaster jailed for three years

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A scoutmaster who admitted to abusing young boys over a period of ten years was sentenced to three years in prison last week.

Henry Calder (60), from Kirkintilloch, appeared at the High Court in Livingston last Tuesday, after previously pleading guilty to five charges of lewd and libidinous practices and behaviour.

Calder, who worked for East Dunbartonshire Council’s finance department until his retirement in 2010, also admitted downloading images of children between 2004 and 2012.

A police raid on his home in July 2012 uncovered 140,201 pictures and 4,870 indecent films of children.

They included films he had made himself at the Auchengillan Outdoor Centre at Blanefield, in west Stirlingshire, and Fordell Firs National Scout Activity Centre near Dunfermline.

During sentencing Judge Lord Turnbull told him: “It is perfectly clear that you took advantage of your position as a scoutmaster to indulge in your pleasure for young boys. It was sexual abuse of children by an adult for your own sexual gratification.

“Conduct like this brings the otherwise great work by the Scouting Movement into disrepute. It is an abuse of the trust placed in you by the parents and of the trust placed in you by the boys.”

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