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February 11, 2018 - 68 views

A 26-year-old scout leader who dressed as a girl so he could film boys engaging in sex acts on the internet has been jailed for six years.

Richard Papworth, of Waterside Place, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire admitted a string of offences including causing children under 16 and under 13, to engage in sexual activity.


Richard Papworth

"He posed on the Internet as a young 18-year-old female filling out his top to make it look as if he had breasts. He encouraged young boys to masturbate and he recorded that," prosecutor Robert Bryan told St Albans Crown Court.  Papworth was caught with 22 explicit videos dating from February to March 2012 when police raided his home in August last year. Papworth admitted encouraging children to engage in sexual activity and downloading thousands of indecent images of children.Sentencing him to six years in jail and a further four on licence, Judge Jonathan Carroll told Papworth: "This was undoubtedly a gross breach of trust on every level."



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