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Ex-scout leader jailed over sexual abuse offences

A former scout leader has been jailed for five years for sexual abuse offences.

David Barry (72) pleaded guilty to 29 sexual offences that he committed against ten boys in Cork over a 22-year period between 1986 and 2008.

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Pleading guilty to the offences last April, he was sentenced today at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

All of the offences took place at Barry’s home when the scouts were staying over at his house after different occasions such as hikes and training exercises.

It is understood that Barry plied the ten teenage scouts drink from a private bar at his home and showed them pornography before sexually assaulting them.

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Barry was initially arrested in 2018 when complaints were made against him from some of the boys. He was arrested last December and charged with the offences.

Judge Sean Ó Donnabháin sentenced Barry to seven years in prison with the final two years suspended.

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