July 2023

Former scout leader jailed for child sexual abuse

A former Sutton Coldfield scout leader who sexually abused four boys in the 1970s has finally been jailed. But police said there may be others who had not yet come forward with a “personal story to share” about Stuart May’s wicked crimes.

West Midlands Police launched an investigation when a victim told officers he had been abused by May, a former scout leader in Wylde Green, when he was aged 12 or 13. That led the force to a second victim, who confirmed he had been abused when he was aged between ten and 13.

After accessing records held by the Scout Association, police traced two more victims, who were also aged between ten and 13 when they were abused by May. Police said all the victims were preyed upon in his car, on trips and in a Scout hut – often with several other boys present.

May, now aged 79, of Sketchley Lane, Ratcliffe Culey, Leicestershire, initially denied any wrongdoing. But he later admitted eight counts of gross indecency with a boy under 14 and three of inciting a boy under 14 to commit an act of gross indecency, a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court was told on June 15.

He was sentenced on Thursday, July 13, to eight years and nine months and will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.