MOTHER TUCKER

Scout Association launch full review after leader Martyn Tucker jailed for sex offences against boys

Martyn Tucker, 68, of Chester, was jailed for 12 years for 26 offences against boys. It emerged the scout movement took statements from his victims, but chose not to contact North Wales Police
Martyn Tucker who was sentenced to 12 years for historic sexual offences on young boys while he was a Scoutmaster in Cheshire and Wales
The Scout Association has said it will “fully review” a case which saw a leader this week jailed for 12 years for 26 offences against boys in the 1960s and 1970s.
Martyn Tucker, 68, of Chester, was jailed for 12 years for 26 offences against boys. During the case it emerged the scout movement took statements from his victims, but decided not to contact North Wales Police.
Tucker abused scouts while he was assistant scoutmaster of Shropshire’s Whitchurch troop. He also attacked children in Bristol, Llangollen, Denbighshire, and on a farm in Pontybodkin, Flintshire, owned by a member of his family.
One victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told Mold Crown Court Tucker had “stole” his soul and the offences that started when he was 12 or 13 set him on a path of “self hatred” that “destroyed” his life.
Assistant director of the Scout Association Simon Carter said they were “pleased” Tucker has been “suitably punished” and would review how the case was handled.
“The safety of young people in our care is our number one priority. Following the conclusion of the court proceedings The Scout Association will now fully review this case from the 1970s to learn all possible lessons that it can from this process.
“The Scout Association co-operated fully with the police in the case and as soon as they raised concerns about Tucker’s past behaviour we offered them unlimited and unrestricted access to our records. Tucker has not been a member of scouting since the late 1970s.”
Mr Carter said it was too early to say what would happen if their investigation is able to identify those within the movement who decided against informing North Wales Police.

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