July 18, 2011
Burnham Scout leader appears in court on sex charges
former Burnham-On-Sea scout leader appeared in court on Friday
(July 15th) in connection with over 30 alleged sexual offences
David Burland, who was group scout leader of the 1st Burnham
Scout Group, appeared before Taunton Crown Court for a preliminary
The case was adjourned and Mr Burland, pictured, is due to return
to court for a plea and case management at a date to be scheduled.
Mr Burland is charged with ten counts of indecent assault on
a boy, four counts of gross indecency with a boy, six counts of
sexual activity with a boy, six counts of causing or inciting
a boy to engage in sexual activity and two counts of indecent
assault on a boy.
He faces seven further charges of engaging in sexual activity
in the presence of a child, one count of indecent exposure, and
one count of sexual assault on a girl.
The Scout Association said Mr Burland was suspended from any
form of contact with the movement as soon as the allegations were
first reported. He has been involved in the Scout movement since