Somerset

Somerset scout leader denies sexual abuse charges

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

A Somerset scout leader has pleaded not guilty to a string of child sex abuse offences.

David Burland, 53, of Ramsay Way in Burnham-on-Sea, appeared at Taunton Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

He was charged with 14 counts of sexual assault, 12 indecent assaults, six counts of inciting sexual activity and one count of indecent exposure.

He had been the leader of the First Burnham Scout Group. The Scout Association said he had been dismissed.

The case was referred to Taunton Crown Court on June 30.

Mr Burland has been released on conditional bail.

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