A former scout leader who systematically groomed and sexually assaulted young boys between the ages of seven and 14 has been jailed for a total of 26 years.
Taffy Mark Evans, 56, unemployed, now of The Crescent, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire, but formerly of Old Shoreham Road, Lancing, West Sussex, committed the offences between during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
He'd been convicted of 18 counts of sexual offences against six young boys in Sussex, Surrey and Swansea as well as seven offences of possession of indecent images of children.
Evans will also be a registered sex offender for life and will not be eligible to apply for parole until two-thirds of the way through his 26-year sentence.
Evans worked as a scout leader in Reigate in the 1990s, before leaving the Scouts movement in 1996. He was also a train guard based in Redhill for many years, working on trains in the South East. However he did not first meet any of the boys in the Scouts or on the trains.
He moved to Hampshire after he was arrested and none of the offences relate to his time there.