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Victim speaks out after sentencing of sexual abuser

19 Jan, 2018 16:21 News Behind Bars

A man was sentenced to 19 years in prison after pleading guilty to a string of historic sex offences when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court last week.

David Luck, 74, of Skipton Way, Horley, pleaded guilty to 12 charges of indecent assault, indecency with a child, buggery and possession of pseudo images of children at court on Thursday (11 January), and was sentenced the following day.

The investigation began in July 2016 after Luck’s victim became aware that Luck was volunteering in a children’s nursery and realised he had to make a formal complaint to protect others from the abuse he had suffered.

The victim met Luck, an assistant leader at a Scout group in the early 1990s. After grooming his victim, Luck then sexually abused him on an almost weekly basis between the ages of 10-16 years old until he found the courage to get away from him.

Detective Constable Suzy Marten, who led the investigation, said:

“The victim had never told anyone about the abuse he had suffered at the hands of Luck until he came to us because he knew he had speak out to stop others from being abused like he had been. He had not even told his family what he had been through until the court case last week.”

DC Marten continued: “The victim must be commended for the immense bravery he has shown by coming forward and re-living the trauma of the abuse he suffered as a child. I hope the sentence given to Luck brings some level of closure to the victim.

She added: “If anyone is, or has been, in a similar situation - please come forward and tell someone who can help you. Our team of specially trained officers will ensure that all allegations are thoroughly and robustly investigated.”

Speaking about the abuse he suffered, the victim said:

“Coming forward and reporting the abuse I suffered at the hands of Luck was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do but I wanted to prevent others from suffering the way I had. I had never told anyone what he did to me - I never felt I could. The only thing harder than coming forward is living with the secret and the memories every day.

“I am grateful to Surrey Police for the help and support they have given me over the last few years and I would like to encourage anyone who has been the victim of similar abuse to come forward and report it as soon as possible.”

Luck was sentenced to a total of 19 years to run concurrently, including:

  • Count 1 indecent assault– 3 years
  • Count 2 indecent assault – 4 years
  • Count 3 indecency with a child– 10 months
  • Count 4 indecent assault– 6 years
  • Count 5 indecency with a child– 10 months
  • Count 6 indecent assault – 4 years
  • Count 7 buggery– 19 years
  • Count 8 buggery – 19 years
  • Count 9 buggery – 19 years
  • Count 10 buggery – 19 years
  • Count 11 indecent assault– 3 years
  • Count 12 possession of pseudo images of children– 10 months

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The Scout Association said: “The Scout Association is aware this historic case dating back to the early 1990’s and has co-operating fully with the statutory agencies during their investigations.

“It is appropriate that Luck pleaded guilty and has been punished for his crimes. Young people and parents deserve a high level of trust and Luck has betrayed the trust placed in him by Parents and the Scout Movement.

“The Scout Association carries out stringent vetting of all adults who work with young people and requires them to work to a strict code of practice outlined in the “Young People First” Code of Practice. See http://www.scouts.org.uk/safeguarding.”

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