Duncan Grant has been jailed.

A former scout leader from Bexhill has been jailed for over five years after admitting to sexual offences against a teenage girl.

Duncan Grant, of no fixed address, but formerly of White Rock Road in Hastings, pleaded guilty to gross indecency and indecent assault against the victim.

She was under 16 when the offences began in the late 1990s, and continued into the early 2000s.

Grant, 66, will serve five years and four months in prison, and a further three years on prison release licence.

PC Kelley Matthews of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:

“This was a very complex and sensitive investigation which started two years ago when we received information that Grant had been systematically abusing this young girl.

“As a result of our enquiries, we were able to obtain CPS authority to charge Grant and the victim, now an adult, was ready to give evidence in court had Grant not pleaded guilty.

“This case is a reminder that we will always take seriously and investigate all such allegations, however long ago they are said to have happened.”

Police said Grant left the Scout movement 16 years ago for unrelated reasons, and there is no current risk to any current or recent members of the movement.

A Scout Association spokesperson said:

“Grant was suspended from all involvement with the Scout movement as soon as we were made aware of the police investigation.

“He has been permanently excluded from The Scout Association.”

Grant will also be a registered sex offender for life.

He pleaded not guilty to four other counts, two of gross indecency and two of indecent assault.

Police said these were not proceeded with, and were ordered to remain on the court file.