News – Father and Son abused by Lifeguard

Father and son abused

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Swimming pool lifeguard ‘molested teenage boy 30 years after abusing his father in showers’

• Copycat crimes only exposed after son told his father about abuse in late 1990s
• Horrified father then told how he had been molested 30 years before in 1970s
• Father said he was manipulated into giving sex acts in exchange for free swimming
• Robert Major denies 16 counts of abuse

By Amy Oliver
PUBLISHED: 16:38, 12 June 2012 | UPDATED: 19:07, 12 June 2012

A scout master who molested a teenager 30 years ago on several occasions at a swimming pool went on to abuse the man’s son, a jury heard today.

Robert Major’s copycat crimes were only exposed when the latest victim told his father he had been abused by the now 63-year-old.

The horrified father then revealed his own secret which he had kept bottled-up for three decades.
Aylesbury Crown court heard that Major had been a supervisor at a leisure centre swimming pool in the 1970s when he took advantage of the then schoolboy.

He had offered the 11-year-old free swimming sessions before manipulating him into participating in sexual acts in return, it was claimed.

In a bizarre twist, the police discovered the historic sexual abuse case on the victim, now 45, when his son came forward alleging sexual assaults by the same man in the late 1990s.

Police interviewed the father and were shocked to find he had also suffered at the hands of Major 30 years previously, said prosecutor Mary Loram.

She told the court the son, now 27, took 11 years to pluck up the courage to tell his parents and police of his shocking ordeal.

She said Major offered him cigarettes and alcohol and let him watch porn at his flat in exchange for sexual favours.

This, said Ms Loram, was a mirror image of what his father – who had suppressed the abuse for four decades – had been put through at the hands of Major.

He let the father swim at the Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, free of charge in return for sexual encounters in the shower room, bar area and changing rooms, it was claimed.

The jury heard that Major had been a Scout leader in Leighton Buzzard from the 1960s to the 1980s as well as holding a role as supervisor at the local swimming baths.

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