January 2018

Nursery volunteer, 74, who subjected child to ‘campaign of rape’ jailed for 18 years

A Horley paedophile, who subjected a child to a “campaign of rape”, has been jailed for 18 years.

David Luck, 74, first met the victim – who was under the age of 13 at the time – while he was an assistant to a scout leader.

At his sentencing hearing on Friday (January 12), Judge Jonathan Black described how Luck proceeded to “take over the life” of the child, sexually abusing him on an “almost weekly basis”.

The court heard how Luck groomed his victim over many years, telling him that his behaviour was “normal”.

Addressing the defendant, who appeared at Guildford Crown Court via video link for sentencing, Judge Black said: “You used your role as a scout leader to meet him. You chose him as someone you could abuse because he was vulnerable.”

Luck’s prolific offending was brought to the attention of police in July 2016 when his victim heard he was volunteering at a nursery and was “concerned other children would be abused”.

Judge Black continued: “To his [the victim’s] credit, and showing a great deal of courage, he went to the police and made full disclosure.”

Luck, of Skipton Way, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child, four counts of buggery and one count of possession of prohibited images of children on the day his trial was due to begin.

He was sentenced to 18 years in jail and a further year on licence.