Jamboree Scout leader charged with indecent assault

Posted on 05/12/2018 by

The 24th n Jamboree in Appin.A Jamboree Scout leader has been granted conditional bail after he was charged with aggravated indecent assault at Cataract National Park.

Mark Gaynor, 63, appeared at Parramatta Local Court via audio visual link on Saturday.

A Scouts spokeswoman confirmed Mr Gaynor was a registered leader and his membership and registration in scouts was immediately terminated after the arrest.

The Western n man on January 4 allegedly aggressively groped the victim’s buttocks with both hands, court documents stated.

The alleged victim’sidentity has been suppressed.

Cataract National Park, in the Macarthur region, is the location for the n Jamboree 2016, held at Cataract Scout Park.

The 10-day camp brings together more than 10,000 Scouts from across and the world for onandoff site activities.

Scouts chief commissioner Chris Bates said the Scouts had zero tolerance for any type of abuse.

“Scouts is recognised as having the highest standards of child protection procedures in place,” Mr Bates said.

“We are constantly reviewing processes in place to protect young people in our care and to deal swiftly and decisively with any complaints.

“Scouts has provided immediate support to the child and to their parents, and will continue to do so as they require.”

Mr Gaynor was granted bail on the condition he returned to his home in Ascot, Western .

Magistrate McPherson said Mr Gaynor could not have any contact with the alleged victim.

“[And Mr Gaynor] is not to be in the presence of a person under 18 unless accompanied by another adult,” he said.

Mr Gaynor had a valid working with children’s check issued in Western , as do all adults working with Scouts.

Mr Gaynor was arrested just after midnight on January 9 and was charged at Campbelltown police station.

The case will reappear at Campbelltown Local Court on January 13.

Illawarra Mercury

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