Update: Two days before Christmas 2019, a nurse went to check on Curran in prison. She found no pulse and Curran was declared dead, with Motor Neurone Disease listed as the cause of death.

June 2019

Pervert scout master who turned his home into ‘kids’ club’ to lure victims jailed for 15 years

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Sick scout master Ronald Curran turned his home into a “kids’ club” to lure young victims so he could abuse them.

Boys and girls were interested in Curran’s home and allotment with the promise of cold drinks, ice creams, pet hamsters, a dog called Rags, bonfires and a model-making and woodwork room.

But behind the cloak of decency afforded to him by his role with the Scouts, lurked a twisted paedophile who repeatedly struck during the 1970s and 80s.

Curran, formerly of Mead Way, Forest Hall, North Tyneside, was jailed for four years in 1995 and in 2013 for abusing youngsters.

Now, after more victims came forward, the 82-year-old has been given a 15 year prison sentence for sexually abusing five children.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he had caused “severe psychological harm” during a shocking campaign of sickening abuse on victims aged as young as six.

Prosecutor Daniel Cordey told the court: “On the surface, he appeared to be a friendly neighbour who always had time for local children.

“In reality, his lifestyle, hobbies and interests were designed to bring him into contact with children in order that he could sexually abuse them.”

Mr Cordey said Curran took advantage of a time when children had a lot more freedom to play outside.

He added: “He would allow local children to pay on his allotment, give them cold drinks and ice cream. His allotment became a hub of activity for children.

“At home he had a woodwork room where they could make model aeroplanes. He had a motorbike and pets such as hamsters and a dog.”

Mr Cordey said one victim “remembers the defendant’s address in the 1980s as being like a kids’ club”.

The court heard Curran’s victims have been affected by their ordeals as children through into adulthood and have suffered flashbacks, nightmares and other issues.

One complainant said: “He ruined part of my childhood that I can’t get back. No apology, remorse or sentence can change that.”

Another said: “He told me if I ever told my parents they would either not believe me or I would get the blame. I remember how trapped this made me feel.

“I just wanted him to stop abusing me. I regularly cried myself to sleep.”

Another victim said the activities available at Curran’s house and allotment, in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside were “nothing more than a trap”.

Curran was convicted by a jury of two offences of buggery in relation to one boy and pleaded guilty to nine offences of indecent assault in relation to four other children.

Judge Sarah Mallett sentenced Curran to 15 years behind bars with lifelong sex offender registration.

The judge told him: “All of these offences involved a significant degree of grooming.

“The scouts was one of the ways you arranged your life to ensure you had contact with children within your target age.

“The abuse took place in the context of activities designed to attract children into your company.”

March 2013

Scout master jailed for abusing eight-year-old schoolgirl he lured to help on his allotment

  • Ronald Curran invited child to help ‘grow seeds’ and then carried out sickening sexual assault

  • The 76-year-old was previously jailed in 1995 for sex offences against young boys

  • Curran back behind bars as he is caged for four years

  • Defenceless girl was assaulted at least 20 times between 1978 and 1979

A Scout master been jailed for abusing a schoolgirl by luring her to help with his allotment.

Ronald Curran was a trusted member of the community and would often be seen wearing his Scout uniform.

But he preyed on children near his home and lured youngsters in by getting them to help plant seeds on his allotment and showing them his dog.

He got them in his house on the pretext of collecting seeds then subjected them to sex assaults.

Curran was jailed in 1995 for sex offences against young boys.

Now the 76-year-old is back behind bars after being convicted of subjecting a girl to sexual abuse when she was aged just eight and nine.

His victim kept the ordeal to herself but finally summoned the courage as an adult to report what happened to her in 1978.

Jailing him for four years at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge John Milford QC told Curran: ‘She had got to know and trust you by attending your local allotment, where you welcomed children, helping them to grow seeds.

‘You were a Scout master and also had a dog, which was an attraction to the girl.

‘She was at the time too confused and frightened to report to her mother what had happened, and it is clear to me your offending against her has had a huge psychological impact on her.’

The court heard when Curran’s conviction in 1995 for molesting four boys at his allotment was reported, the girl’s mother asked her if he had abused her. 

But she was still too ashamed to admit she was also a victim of Curran.

Curran, of Mead Way, Forest Hall, North Tyneside, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting the girl 20 times between 1978 and 1979.

The girl said she remembered Curran was a Scout leader and she would regularly see him in his uniform.

Mr Brook said: ‘She remembered other children being taken into the house on the same pretext of needing seeds, and boys, too, whom she could tell had been crying, when they emerged.

‘He had told her that adults wouldn’t understand and that ‘this is a secret between me and you, they just wouldn’t understand, you can’t tell anybody’. 

‘On one occasion, he showed her the back room of the house where he did things with motorbikes, and the floorboards were up. She was scared at this, because she felt that he was only showing her that to indicate that that’s where she would be if she didn’t do as she was told.’

Tom Moran, defending, said Curran had been voluntarily having treatment to control his behaviour since he was released from the first jail term in the  late 1990s