Somerset

Somerset scout leader faces sex abuse charges

David Burland
Image caption Mr Burland has been involved in the Scout movement since the 1990s

A Somerset scout leader arrested in connection with child sex abuse allegations has been charged.

David Burland, 53, of the 1st Burnham-on-Sea Scout Group, has been bailed to appear before Taunton Deane magistrates on 5 May.

He has been charged with 12 indecent assaults, 14 sexual assaults, four counts of gross indecency and six counts of inciting sexual activity.

The charges relate to alleged abuse of children under the age of 16.

Mr Burland also faces an indecent exposure charge.

The Scout Association has said Mr Burland was suspended from any form of contact with the movement as soon as the allegations were reported.

He has been involved in the Scout movement since the 1990s.

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