Scout leader charged with touching child

Blackburn Magistrates' Court
Blackburn Magistrates' Court

A Chorley scout leader has been charged with sexual assault and abusing his position of trust.

Christopher Midgley, 26, of Brookside, Coppull, who also works in a Lancashire school, was charged with four counts of sexual touching of a boy under 16 and a further four offences of adult abuse of a position of trust on Monday.

It’s not believed the offences relate to any member of the scout group.

Midgley, who is a Chorley District Scouts young leaders’ leader, has been bailed to appear before Blackburn Magistrates on May 30.

He was suspended from his post at a Lancashire school when he was arrested.

The Scout Association also suspended Midgley from his duties as soon as the allegations were brought to their attention.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “A 26 year old man was charged on Monday with four offences of sexual touching of a boy under 16 and four offences of adult abuse of position of trust.

“Christopher Midgley, 26, of Brookside, Coppull, Chorley, has been bailed and will appear before Blackburn Magistrates on Wednesday, May 30th.

“The offences were allegedly committed between February 2010 and February 2012.”

A spokesperson for the Scout Association said: “The Scout Association was aware of the charges made against Midgley.

“The Scout Association has co-operated fully with the statutory agencies throughout their inquiries and action to suspend Midgley from involvement with the movement was taken as soon as we were made aware of the allegation.

“The Scout Association carries out stringent vetting of all adults who work with young people and requires them to work to a strict code of practice.

“This is outlined in the Young People First Code of Practice.”