The jury heard that boys were shown pornographic films and magazines during visits to Bates’ home and were then abused. He is coming up to 69 and has been in a long-term civil partnership.”An NSPCC spokesman said: “Bates took advantage of the authority entrusted in him as a police officer and scout leader.“He has committed pernicious crimes against vulnerable children who should never have been at risk of sexual abuse.“We hope this sends a message to perpetrators of historic abuse that they cannot hide from the law.“We also urge other victims of child abuse to come forward to allow the police to investigate such crimes.One witness told the jury that he was repeatedly abused by Bates from when he was just 10-years-old. Anyone who has concerns about abuse or who is a victim can call the NSPCC’s helpline on 08.” UPDATE, WEDNESDAY 5.15PM: Jury retires in case against former scout leader The jury has retired in the trial of a former Lincolnshire police officer accused of carrying out a string sexual offences against boys.
A former Lincolnshire police officer has today (Tues) denied carrying out a string sexual offences against boys.
John Edward Bates denies offences against four youngsters in the 1970s and 1980s when he was a scout leader in South Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.
Bates, 68, who faces a total of 22 charges, denies the matters and says the incidents never happened.
John Edward Bates, who met his victims through his role as a scout leader at Wittering and Spalding during the 1970s and 1980s, was found guilty by the jury at Lincoln Crown Court of 16 charges of indecent assault on a male person.
He was also found guilty of two charges of indecency with a child.