Ian Barker: Paedophile scout leader who made victim pose naked in a cupboard jailed for 10 years

Ian Barker was found to have abused two boys (Met Police)

Ian Barker was found to have abused two boys (Met Police)

Monday, November 20, 2017

A scout leader found guilty of sexually abusing two teenage boys has been jailed for 10 years.

Ian Barker, of Islington, was found to have taken one of the boys out into a field to have sex with him, and also made him pose naked in a field as well as in a cupboard.

Barker, who was arrested in May 2015, initially denied eight charges of sexual assault, but changed his plea last week after three days in court.

He finally pleaded guilty to five charges: one count of indecent assault with penetration on a boy aged under 14, one count of indecent assault on a boy aged under 14, and three counts of indecency with children.

Barker, who is now 56, was in his late teens when the abuse begin.

During the trial the first victim described his abuse at Barker's hands, saying he was led into a field while the other boys were in bed.

He “I just couldn’t understand why these actions were anything to do with working towards merit badges.

“He asked me to adopt a particular pose to give him sight of me – leaning over to show him by behind and in another one I was leaning back giving him full sight of my groin area.”

The second time he was led out into the field, the victim said, “I remember him putting his hand over my mouth, and I remember being asked to bend over. I remember him breathing heavily and feeling pain in between my buttocks.

"It lasted three or four minutes. I remember him withdrawing and I remember being told to pull my pants up and not talk about it again.”

The day after being raped, the victim said Barker singled him out at a prize-giving ceremony.

“I thought to myself: ‘This is wrong’", the victim said. 

"I felt incredibly ashamed and embarrassed and wanted to get out of there as soon as possible.”

The victim said he had been traumatised by the experience and forced to seek therapy for 40 years, but had only come forward in 2014 when he watched a news story about a solicitor offering to help victims of child abuse within the scout movement.