[#ScoutsAbuse 2] John Anthony Coghlan 2006 Jun 19 Court of Appeal

cathy fox blog on child abuse

This is an appeal against sentencing by a scoutmaster, John Anthony Coghlan,  who committed abuse in the 1960s, against a child for a period when the child was aged 10 until 14. The child was at that time was an altar boy and a member of the choir at the church where the appellant was a priest. He was also a cub or a scout in a troop of which the appellant was a assistant leader and latterly he became a pupil at a school where the appellant was the chaplain.

It is not clear where the church or the scouts were but it does mention a scout camp in Staffordshire and a Black Park Woods.

The appeal succeeded on one count as it was improperly brought under the wrong law.


Some court reports have had victims names redacted and some assault details redacted.

This is a difficult balance…

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