Assaults on boys [scouts] proved Bates sent to jail for four years

Assaults on boys proved. Sex case PC guilty

NEWSFLASH: Bates was sent to jail for four years.

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Sex case policeman John Edward Bates has been found guilty of indecently assaulting eleven young boys.

The jury at Nottingham Crown Court took more than ten hours to reach its verdict on the 15 charges facing the former Spalding scoutmaster.

John Bates Paedophile Scout Master
John Bates Paedophile Scout Master

Sentence was due to be passed yesterday morning.

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[Scout] Youths Deny Making Up Allegations

[Scout] Youths Deny Making Up Allegations

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Spalding police constable John Bates – charged with indecently assaulting young boys – has been described by a police inspector as “a first-class leader and scout organiser”.

Insp Keith Woods, also an administrator of scouts, told Nottingham Crown Court that 35-year-old Bates had devoted a great deal of his spare time to scouting.

Spalding Guardian, Friday July 8, 1983

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PC [John Bates] On Sex Charges – ‘Jekyll and Hyde character’

PC [John Bates] On Sex Charges – ‘Jekyll and Hyde character’ – claim

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A Spalding policeman and scoutmaster betrayed the trust put in him by indecently assaulting teenage boys, a court has heard.

John Edward Bates (35) was described as a “Jekyll and Hyde” character – on the one hand he was said to be a pillar of society, on the other a man who interfered with youngsters while they were in his care.

Spalding Guardian, Friday July 1, 1983 – Reporter: Pauline Hill

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