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Former Scout leader jailed over decades of child abuse

By Amy Murphy

Published 24/09/2016

A businessman who used his wealth and position to sexually abuse boys over six decades has been handed a life sentence
A businessman who used his wealth and position to sexually abuse boys over six decades has been handed a life sentence

A businessman who used his wealth and position to sexually abuse boys over six decades has been handed a life sentence.

Philip Longbottom (67), from Shipley, West Yorkshire, will serve a minimum of seven years in jail after pleading guilty to more than 40 serious sexual offences at Bradford Crown Court.

The father-of-three and former Scout leader invited victims to his home or took them on foreign holidays, camping and swimming trips, often giving them and their parents money or expensive gifts.

He bought one boy an expensive car for his 17th birthday and supplied others with alcohol and drugs at parties at his house.

Longbottom, who was also involved with a CB radio club, the church boys' brigade and the sea cadets, abused 12 boys and teenagers between the ages of seven and 19 between 1968 and 1996, with a further offence in 2010.

Judge Jonathan Rose said: "You sought out boys and young men, your facade as a family man and pillar of the community obscuring that you were a dangerous sexual predator."

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