A former scoutmaster from Chester has pleaded guilty to 28 charges of sexually abusing eight boys - one aged only 12 - in the 1970s and 1980s.

Prosecutor Myles Wilson told Caernarfon Crown Court the offences had happened over a period of 18 years between 1967 and 1985.

The court heard the complainants had given statements as a result of publicity generated when Martyn Lewis Tucker was jailed for 12 years in May 2014 at Mold Crown Court for sexually abusing five young boys between 1968 and 1978.

Tucker, who is serving time at Rye Hill prison, Rugby, Warwickshire, for those offences appeared in court today via video-link.

The 69-year-old, previously of Sealand Road, Chester, appeared calm as he pleaded guilty to 28 charges of indecency, gross indecency and indecent assault.

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He pleaded not guilty to two other charges of sexual activity in the presence of a child under the age of 16 and inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity which were left on file.

Adjourning sentencing until August or September after the trial of another man, Judge Parry told Tucker: “It is a very serious matter.”

During his previous trial in May 2014, Mold Crown Court heard how Tucker “knew his day of judgement would come”, when the Jimmy Savile scandal came out.

Police finally knocked on his door after a victim, who said Tucker “stole his soul”, had the courage to come forward after realising that those prosecuted for sex offences in Wrexham children’s homes went back further than the offences committed on him.

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Tucker, who worked for the former Alyn and Deeside and Delyn councils before working as a legal executive dealing in social welfare issues for various Chester solicitors, admitted a total of 26 sexual offences during the trial.

The charges originally included male rape but prosecuting barrister John Philpotts told the court that male rape was not known to the criminal law at the time the offences were committed.

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Tucker, who had once served as a scoutmaster in Whitchurch on the Cheshire/Shropshire border and also in Flintshire, admitted 12 charges of indecent assault on young boys, nine charges of indecency with a child, and five charges of another illegal sexual act. The offences dated from 1968 to 1978 on five victims, all young teenagers.

Judge Niclas Parry jailed him for 12 years, ordered him to register as a sex offender for life and banned him from ever working with children again.