April 14, 2011
Scout leader charged over sex abuse allegations
Burnham-On-Sea Scout leader who was arrested in connection with
child sex abuse allegations has been formally charged this week.
David Burland, 53, of the 1st Burnham-On-Sea Scout Group, has
been bailed to appear before Taunton Deane magistrates on 5th
He has been charged with 12 indecent assaults, 14 sexual assaults,
four counts of gross indecency and six counts of inciting sexual
The charges relate to alleged abuse of children under the age
of 16. He also faces an indecent exposure charge.
The Scout Association has said Mr Burland was suspended from
any form of contact with the movement as soon as the allegations
He has been involved in the Scout movement since the 1990s.