Paedophile scoutmaster back in jail after trying to hide internet devices from police

A former scoutmaster jailed for abusing young boys is back behind bars after attempting to hide computer equipment from police.

In March 2016 Ian Beeby, formerly of Edditch Grove, Bolton, was jailed for five years after admitting abusing four boys in the 1980s, including one occasion on a Lake District camping trip.

Beeby, who admitted sexually assaulting the cub scouts and downloading indecent images of children, told one child: “It’s the sort of thing that scouts do.”

In 2017 he had an extra two years and eight months added to his sentence after another victim, who he groomed and befriended as he walked past his home on the way to school, read about the previous conviction in the Bolton News and came forward.

Beeby had abused him, from the age of 10, up to three times a week, for two years.

Beeby was released on licence from prison and in March last year came back to the Bolton area, living in a flat in Black Horse Street, Blackrod.

Victoria Lewis, prosecuting, told Bolton Crown Court how Beeby, was allocated an offender manager and, under the terms of a sexual harm prevention order, had to register any device capable of accessing the internet and make it available for inspection when required.

On April 3 last year he presented the officer with a Google phone which he claimed was in only device and in June he revealed he also had a laptop. These then had eSafe software added to monitor his access to the internet.

But on September 22 the software identified a Scandisk USB being connected to the phone. It was found to contain 10 indecent images which Beeby claimed had been on a laptop he had stored prior to his prison sentence and had deleted them as soon as he saw them.

On October 21 a check on the internet router at Beeby’s home revealed a Raspberry Pi mini computer, which the defendant had not declared, had been connected to it. When handing it over Beeby slipped an SD card out of the device, secreted it in his pocket and disposed of it.

“In relation to the Pi device the defendant stated that he knew he shouldn’t have had the device and that he had been stupid to have purchased it,” said Miss Lewis.

Beeby was also found to have accessed Facebook in breach of his SHPO although he denied creating asocial media account for himself.

Appearing via a video link from Whatton prison in Nottinghamshire, Beeby pleaded guilty to five counts of breaching his sexual harm prevention order.

Sentencing Beeby to 21 months in prison, Judge John Edwards told him: “I am afraid I take the view that you have an entrenched and unhealthy interest for pre-pubescent boys and, as a computer programmer, you knew exactly what you were doing here.”

“In committing these breaches you are seriously culpable and you display, in my judgement, flagrant contempt for the court order made five years ago.

“It is not only contemptuous of the court but it risks harm to the particular section of the public who the order was intended to protect.”

 March 2016

Scout master paedophile jailed for five years

Ian Beeby

A former scout master who molested four young boys has been jailed for five years.

62-year-old Ian Beeby preyed on youngsters in northern England during the mid-1980s.

He told one unassuming victim of his criminal behaviour: “It is the sort of thing that scouts do.”

Beeby stood before a court in Carlisle last year and admitted two indecent assaults on one boy. However, publicity generated by the case prompted other abuse victims to come forward.

As a result, Beeby appeared before a judge at Carlisle Crown Court last month. On that occasion he entered guilty pleas to five more indecent assaults and six counts of indecency.

Beeby also confessed to possessing hundreds of indecent images of young boys. This followed the seizure of computer equipment in 2014.

He was sentenced for all these crimes at the crown court this afternoon when a statement provided by one of the boys was read:

The abuse happened to me when I was so young that I cannot really say how much it has affected me.

“It could have, in fact, affected everything I have ever done.”

February 2016

Former scout leader admits 11 additional sexual crimes against young boys

A former scout leader has admitted 11 additional sexual crimes against young boys.

Ian Beeby, 62, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court in November when he pleaded guilty to two charges of indecently assaulting an eight-year-old boy in north Cumbria during the mid-1980s.

During that hearing it was said Beeby had confessed to police that he had molested other victims.

And at the crown court yesterday, he admitted 11 more offences – six counts of indecency with three other boys aged under 14 and five indecent assaults.

The court heard he had twice previously received prison sentences – in 1988 and 1993 – for “similar matters”.

Judge Peter Hughes QC adjourned the case and asked for a background report to be prepared.

Beeby, of Edditch Grove, Bolton, will be sentenced on March 18. He was remanded on unconditional bail.

November 2015

Scout leader from Cumbria admits indecent assaults against young boy

FORMER Scout leader has admitted two indecent assaults on a young boy.

Ian Beeby, 62, entered guilty pleas to two offences when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today (THURS).

Both of his indecent assaults on the boy were committed in North Cumbria during the mid-1980s.

One is said to have occurred during a camping trip in the Lake District. The other is said to have taken place at the defendant’s home in North Cumbria.

During a 10-minute hearing was held at the crown court, Beeby spoke only to confirm his name and enter guilty pleas.

No information about the precise nature of the offences was given in court.

But during a previous court appearance, magistrates in Carlisle were told that Beeby was a volunteer scout leader in the county when both incidents occurred.

Judge Forrester adjourned today’s case and Beeby, now of Edditch Grove, Bolton, will be sentenced in due course.

Having confessed to the two crimes, Beeby is now subject to the sex offender notification requirements.

As a result he must keep police informed about where he is living at all times.