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Scout Leader John Haynes – a prolific paedophile

John Haynes was appointed as an Assistant Cub master in the Heyford Group, in the county of Northamptonshire, in June 1959 and became a Scout leader in October 1964.

In October 1967, Haynes was suspended from the Scouts following allegations of indecency with a boy.  When confronted with the allegations, Haynes admitted the abuse.

On 24th January 1968, at Northampton Crown Court, Haynes pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault in respect of four members of his Troop, and asked for two further offences to be taken into consideration. He was placed on probation for two years and ordered to undergo medical treatment for one year.

Haynes committed further offences against children and received a similar sentence at Wellingborough in 1984.

In August 1997, Haynes was convicted once again of five charges of indecency against a boy over a period of two years.  He was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment at Northampton Crown Court.

Sentencing him, the Judge told Haynes:

“Sexual offending is about power. It is about selfishness and it is about gratification. For a period of almost two years you thoroughly abused your position as a mature adult with this young boy. The sexual offending project people think they might help you, but in my judgement it is just too much. You did this again and again and again”.

I am currently representing one of Haynes’ victims and know firsthand the long lasting impact his abuse has had on my client. It is possible that there are more victims who have not yet felt able to come forward and speak about their abuse.

If you were sexually abused by Haynes or if you have any information that might assist my client in his pursuit for justice, please contact me on 07557 804 758 or by email:

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