February 10, 2012

David Burland

David Burland was suspended from his role when the allegations surfaced

A scout leader in Somerset has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of 33 sexual offences against children.

David Burland, of Ramsay Way, Burnham-on-Sea, was convicted of carrying out the abuse over a 23-year period, between 1987 and November 2010.

Burland, 54, worked in the Scout movement in the Burnham and Highbridge areas, where he committed the offences.

He was sentenced at Taunton Crown Court after being found guilty on 3 February.

Burland was suspended from the Scouts when the allegations first came to light.

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