Scout master 'abused father and son' over four decades
A SCOUT master abused a teenager thirty years ago at a swimming pool, before repeating the offences on the man's son, a court has heard.
Robert Major, 63, was exposed when the latest victim told his father he had been abused by the swimming pool supervisor, the court heard. The father revealed he too had been abused and had told no-one for decades.
The court heard that Major was a supervisor at a leisure centre swimming pool in the 1970s when he took advantage of the then schoolboy.
He offered the youngster, aged 11 years at the time, free swimming sessions before manipulating him for sexual acts in return, it was claimed.
The police discovered the historic sexual abuse on the older victim - now aged 45 years - when his son came forward alleging sex assaults by the same man in the late 1990s.
Police interviewed the father when investigating his son's claims and were shocked to find he had also suffered at the hands of Major more than 30 years previously, said Mary Loram, prosecuting.
She told the court the son, now aged 27 years, took 11 years to pluck up the courage to tell his parents and police of his alleged ordeal.
She said Major offered him cigarettes and alcohol and let him watch pornography at his flat in exchange for sexual favours.
This, said Ms Loram, was a mirror image of what his father - who had suppressed the abuse for decades - had been put through at the hands of Major.
He let the father swim at the Leisure Centre, free of charge in return for sexual encounters in the shower room, bar area and changing rooms, it was claimed.
Major denied eight counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child and one count of rape against the father between 1977 and 1981, as well as two counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child and one count of buggery against the son between 1998 and 2001, when he appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court, sitting at Amersham, Bucks.
He also denied two counts of indecent assault against another man dating back to the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The jury heard that Major had been a Scout leader from the 1960s to the 1980s as well as holding a role as supervisor at the local swimming baths.
Ms Loram said: "The son told his parents in 2009 that the defendant had done things to him sexually.
"Despite support from his parents he didn't want to go to police at the time but his dad did want to do something about it and contacted police.
"It wasn't until 2010 that he gave an account to police. Officers went to speak to his parents and his dad was interviewed.
"He (the father) went on to tell police how he knew Robert Major and how he went to the leisure centre as a teenager every day.
"The defendant worked at the pool and would let him into the pool free of charge. He told police how he went to the defendant's flat and watched a soft porn film with him."
"Once he started looking back at what had happened all that time ago it all came out.
Major and the boy performed sex acts on one another in the bar of the leisure centre, in the showers and in his Ford Cortina car parked outside, the court heard.
"He told police he hadn't thought about these things for 30 years. Just like his son, he was made to feel this was normal and got cigarettes out of it. What teenager would say no to cigarettes, alcohol and porn?"
The abuse of the victim's son is alleged to have taken place at a property in Aylesbury in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the boy was aged between 12 and 16 years.
The trial continues.