An ex-Scout volunteer, whose sex attacks on young boys remained a secret for up to forty years, has been jailed after three victims eventually exposed his seedy past.
Keith David Cutler, 57, (pictured) of Knowles Close, West Drayton, Middlesex received four years at Harrow Crown Court and was placed on the sex offenders register for life.
He pleaded guilty to ten counts of indecent assault committed between 1971 and 1980 and two counts of possessing indecent photos of children, relating to stashes of 238 and 45 images.
Detective Constable David Gill of the Metropolitan Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Command said: “This is a historic case going back thirty years.
“For a period of nine years, Keith Cutler used his position of trust to abuse vulnerable boys during their childhood and adolescence.
“The victims in this case have suffered unimaginably for many years. I would like to pay tribute to their immense courage in coming forward, and their overwhelming bravery throughout this investigation.
“We take all allegations of rape and sexual assault extremely seriously regardless of the circumstances and how long ago the offences took place.
“I would also like take this opportunity to appeal to any further victims of Keith Cutler or any rape and sexual assault, to contact police.
“All calls will be treated confidentially. We will ensure that victims receive the maximum support possible and be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.”
On March 19, last year police were contacted by a man in his 40’s to report he had been sexually assaulted as a boy for five years by Cutler.
On one occasion, the victim had been sexually assaulted by Cutler whilst away on a Scouts camping trip.
The defendant was arrested on May 15 and interviewed by police, who also searched his home and found 238 child sex images.
The second victim came forward, resulting in Cutler’s arrest again and another search found 45 images.
He was charged and media publicity prompted the third victim to report Cutler’s abuse.