A FORMER Boys’ Brigade organiser has been jailed for nine years for a string of indecent assaults on young boys.
Jack Bolton, of George Street, Wakefield, befriended three boys before taking them on holiday and abusing them.
The 68-year-old admitted 33 counts of indecent assault, which took place in the north east during the 1980s.
The offences only came to light last year after one of his victims told a relative why he had tried to harm himself.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that boxing coach Bolton would pick up a number of children off the street and take them to a youth club.
But he took one of them, a 12-year-old, to an industrial estate and indecently assault him in his car.
Bolton also became friendly with the victim’s family, building up so much trust with his parents that they allowed him to take their son on trips in caravan where the most serious assaults occurred.
Another 12-year-old boy, was shown pornographic movies, but the child was told to keep that as their secret. Bolton also assaulted a third boy, who was aged 11.
But this week Bolton was put on the sex offenders’ register for life and given a sexual offences prevention order.
Bolton, formerly of Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, has previous convictions for indecent assaults on young men and had already served prison sentences for similar offences.
Anthony Moore, mitigating, said: “At his age, prison will not be an easy time for him, but he accepts that he must go.”
Passing sentence on Bolton, Judge Roger Thorn said: “You have in the past abused your position as a boxing coach and organiser of a Boys’ Brigade in particular, and not least how badly you have brought these people who serve the community tirelessly into disrepute.
“There has been persistence and planning over many years on your part, and you used porn, cash, trips and treats to entice boys into silence and co-operation.”