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Paedo scout leader took girl, 14, to hotels for sex and got her pregnant

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A scout leader got a 14-year-old schoolgirl pregnant after grooming her with booze on hotel dates.

Richard Crook, 42, was volunteering with a scout group at the time he instigated a sexual relationship with a teenage girl who he planned to have a baby with, Southampton Crown Court heard.

The paedophile whose job is to fit CCTV security systems, was caught on camera at a Hampshire service station with his victim, Daily Echo reports.

Only when the schoolgirl told her teacher that she was five weeks pregnant, was the relationship stopped.

Prosecution barrister, Gary Rutter said that Crook knew his victim was 14-years-old and would have seen her wearing her school uniform when he preyed on her between July and December last year.

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Mr Rutter told the court: “The defendant would take her to hotels for the purpose of sex.”

Initial suspicions of Crook's behaviour led to his arrest only for him to be released on bail and “the sexual relationship resumed”.

According to Mr Rutter, CCTV footage at Sutton Scotney services on the A34, pictured Crook and his victim before his second arrest when his victim revealed her pregnancy to a teacher.

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Crook pleaded guilty to four counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child which took place between July and December last year, and was jailed for 14 years, to be released on licence.

Mitigating, Richard Tutt said: “Mr Crook has asked me on his behalf to apologise to both the victim and to her family.”

Mr Tutt told the court that Crook's sex offences came off the back of his failing marriage and heavy drinking.

Judge Christopher Parker QC said there had been an element of grooming and agreed with a report that concluded that Crook is a continued danger to young girls from the age of 13 and up.

However, Judge Parker said that Crook had not used his position as a Scout leader to abuse or take advantage of the girl.

He will have to register as a sex offender for life.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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