A 63-year-old man has been jailed for 14 years today (Wednesday), after being found guilty of a series of sexual offences against children following a trial at Amersham Crown Court.
Robert James Major, of Steppingstone Place, Leighton Buzzard, has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault, four counts of indecency and one count of buggery. He was found not guilty of one count of rape.
The offences relate to three boys, who were all aged between ten and 12-years-old when the abuse started.
Major was a former scout leader in the Leighton Buzzard area from the 1960s to 1980s, as well as a former pool supervisor at a leisure centre in Leighton Buzzard.
The offences were committed at two addresses and the leisure centre in the Leighton Buzzard area between 1977 and 1982 and an address in Aylesbury between 1997 and 2001.
Thames Valley Police was first contacted in the summer of 2009 when a man reported his son had been sexually abused by Major at a house in Aylesbury.
Following further enquiries, it was discovered the man who reported the abuse on his son had also been abused by Major in the Leighton Buzzard area when he was a boy.
A third victim was identified in 2010 and provided the investigating team with a statement in February 2012.
The investigation also focussed on Brian Bailey, aged 42, of High Street, Abingdon, who was jailed for six years in October 2011 for abusing six boys within a 15-year period.
Bailey had lived with Major at the address in Aylesbury, but they were not jointly charged with any offences.
Case investigator Jo Simmons, of Aylesbury CID, said: “This has been a long and complex investigation which has resulted in three victims coming forward to report the abuse Robert Major subjected them to.
“He was in a position of trust and abused this position to target young boys by plying them with cigarettes and alcohol.
“I would like to pay tribute to the bravery shown by all the victims as they have been through a horrendous ordeal. I hope this result will help them find a way to move forward with their lives.”
In addition to the prison sentence, Major will have to sign onto the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.