Former Scout leader jailed for child sex offences

Michael Creagh Credit: Merseyside Police

A former Scout leader who sexually abused young boys during the 1970s in Ormskirk has been jailed.

Michael Creagh, 79, of Douglas Drive, Orrell, Wigan has today been sentenced to four years imprisonment at Liverpool Crown Court after he had previously pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault. He pleaded not guilty to four further counts of indecent assault.

The offences relate to three victims who were aged between 10 and 14 at the time and took place at St Annes Scout Group in Ormskirk during the mid to late seventies.

Officers launched an investigation in May 2015 after one of the victims reported that he had been sexually assaulted by Creagh while he was a member of the Scout group. Further enquiries revealed that he had also sexually abused three other boys during his time as a Scout Leader.

Creagh, who is a former priest, had previously been sentenced to nine months imprisonment at Reading Crown Court in 1992 after he pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault against a 12 year old boy. These offences took place in the 1980s at a school he taught at in Berkshire.

DC Catherine Thomas from the Public Protection Unit at Lancashire Police said: