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Scout leader jailed for boy abuse
Alan Grant (pic by Perthshire Picture Agency)
Alan Grant had been involved with scouting for more than 20 years
A scout leader who set up a fake camp to lure boys to his home and abuse them has been jailed for nine months.

Alan Grant, 42, a former assistant commissioner, made parental consent forms for the bogus event.

He earlier admitted sexually abusing two 15-year-old boys on 18 or 19 March at his home in Perthshire.

Following the sentence, at Perth Sheriff Court, the Scottish Scouting Association said its background checks were as "robust" as they could be.

We have got nearly half a million members across the UK and the vast majority of them experience the fantastic adventure of scouting in a very safe environment
Jim Duffy
Scottish Scouting Association

The court heard how Grant, who was area assistant commissioner for scouting in Perth and Kinross, lied to parents about a forthcoming scout camp he wanted their sons to attend.

Grant, who had more than 20 years' involvement with the scouting movement as a volunteer, took two boys to his home, in St Madoes, and gave them alcohol before he abused them.

The accountant was caught when his resignation from the scouting post after the incidents sparked an investigation into his reasons for leaving.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Robert McReadie said Grant had committed a gross betrayal of trust.

Earlier this year, another former scout leader Paul Firth was jailed for a catalogue of sexual abuse against boys over two decades.

Jim Duffy, chief executive of the Scottish Scouting Association, said: "We have to remember that we have got nearly half a million members across the UK and the vast majority of them experience the fantastic adventure of scouting in a very safe environment."


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