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Former Stockport scoutmaster jailed for sex offences

A 77-year-old former scoutmaster from Stockport has been jailed for 27 months for indecently assaulting a boy.

Peter Halliwell, of Cheadle Hulme, had originally denied the charges, but pleaded guilty to three offences in the 1960s when his trial was due to start.

The charges related to a cub scout who was nine or ten at the time, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

At the Manchester Crown Court hearing, he was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for ten years.

Steve Hoolohan, from the CPS, said: "Halliwell used his role as a scout leader to target a young boy in his care.

"This was a gross abuse of his position of trust in the Scouts and in the local community, whereby he persistently exploited the boy for his own gratification."

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