Scout leader faces trial over sex charges
former Burnham-On-Sea scout leader is to face trial accused of
committing a string of sex offences.
David Burland, 53, appeared at Taunton Crown Court on Monday
(September 19th) where he denied 33 charges including indecent
assault, sexual activity with a child, indecency and exposure.
He was released on conditional bail ahead of a pre-trial hearing
in two months' time.
The charges - which relate to children under the age of 16 -
are alleged to have taken place between 1987 and 2010.
The Scout Association said Mr Burland was suspended from any
form of contact with the movement as soon as the allegations were
reported. He has been involved in the Scout movement since the