November 2020

‘Dangerous paedophile’ former Scout leader sexually abused boy for years

A ‘predator’ former Scout leader subjected a teenage boy to a campaign of sexual abuse lasting four years.

Greater Manchester Police described Graham Avison as a ‘dangerous paedophile’.

Avison, now aged 75, groomed the victim with gifts that escalated from bars of chocolate to a car, police said.

He indecently assaulted the boy on a boat he owned in Wales during sailing trips and in hotels, as well as at his home in Audenshaw, Tameside, the force said.

Avison has now been jailed for five years and seven months.

Detectives have praised the victim’s bravery after he came forward to report the abuse he suffered as a child.

Avison, of Astbury Avenue, Audenshaw, pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault against a child.

He was sentenced by a judge at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday.

Avison was also issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register.

Police said Avison was a scout leader at the time and first met the victim through the scouts.

He began to sexually abuse him from the age of 14.

Avison began grooming the victim with small gifts such as chocolate bars which eventually escalated to more expensive gifts such as a car.

He had a Catamaran boat which he moored in Wales and would frequently take the boy and others sailing, as well as on trips away to boat shows across the country.

“Following these trips, Avison and the boy would frequently stay over on the boat or in various hotels which is where the abuse would occur, as well as at Avison’s home address.