Scout leader to stand trial over child abuse allegations
PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 January 2012
A SCOUT leader from Burnham will next week stand trial accused of 37 sexual offences involving children.
David Burland, former group scout leader of the 1st Burnham Scout Group, will appear at Taunton Crown Court on Monday.
He is charged with ten counts of indecent assault on a boy, four counts of gross indecency with a boy, six counts of sexual activity with a boy, six counts of causing or inciting a boy to engage in sexual activity and two counts of indecent assault on a boy.
He also faces seven charges of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, one count of indecent exposure and one count of sexual assault on a girl.
Burland, of Ramsay Way, had been involved with the scout movement since the 1990s, but was suspended by the Scout Association when the allegations first surfaced early last year.