Former Scout leader admits sex charges

Christine CunninghamA former Norfolk scout leader could face jail after he admitted sexually abusing a teenage boy when he appeared at Norwich Crown Court.Christine Cunningham

A former Norfolk scout leader could face jail after he admitted sexually abusing a teenage boy when he appeared at Norwich Crown Court.

Julien Pike, 37, who was involved with the organisation both locally and nationally admitted five offences of sexual activity with the boy when he was aged 13 to 15 years old.

Pike, of Northcote Road, Norwich, had his sentence adjourned for reports until November 30 but Judge Paul Downes warned him that all sentencing options would be open to the court.

Pike was suspended from any form of contact with the movement as soon as he was arrested on the charges.

Pike was appointed as the specialist advisor for paddle sports for the National Scouting Movement in 2002 and in 2007 he was one of 23 kayakers to paddle the 240-mile stretch of the Colorado River which runs through the Grand Canyon National Park.

Among Pike's numerous scouting endeavours was when he helped run a Norfolk Camp Together weekend in 2001 where scouts and guides from across the county came together with young people with special needs.

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