Jailed: Scout gets 5 years for sex abuse of 10 boys

David Barry (72) sexually assaulted ten boys over the space of two decades.

A former scout leader from Cork has been jailed for five years after pleading guilty to the sexual and indecent assault of ten teenage boys.

David Barry, a retired photographer, had been the Regional Cork Commissioner for the Catholic Boys Scouts of Ireland, using his position to give his victims alcohol and then sneak into their bedrooms at a scout master’s house.

The victims, who were between the ages of 13 and 17, were sometimes shown pornography, with Barry later attempting to fondle them in bed.

Judge Sean O’Donnabhain handed down a seven-year sentence at Cork Circuit Criminal Court today, but suspended the final two years in light of Barry’s age, medical conditions, remorse and guilty plea.

The former scout leader had pleaded guilty to 29 charges of sexual and indecent assault on dates between 1986 and 2008 at one address in Cork, with most of the victims now in their 40’s.

Barry said he was “so sorry for anyone I hurt” when he was first charged with the offences in December 2020, with one victim today describing the assaults as “vile and disgusting” according to Independent.ie.

Judge O’Donnabhain said Barry had “breached every concept of care and trust possible” and that it “would not be unfair to say he preyed on these children.”

Barry’s solicitor in 2020 had appealed for a ban on identification of his client, but this was refused and only afforded to the abuser’s victims.

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