Scout leader faces child porn probe

THE parents of a Suffolk Scout leader who is on police bail following allegations of child pornography and false imprisonment of a child have said they will fight to clear his name.

Ryan Jameson, of Hall Road, Stowmarket, returned to Bury St Edmunds police station yesterday to answer bail in the ongoing investigation.

The 21-year-old was re-bailed pending further inquiries, a spokeswoman for Suffolk police said. Jameson must now answer bail again on August 2.

Although police have not named Jameson, Anne-Marie Breach, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary, said: “I can confirm a 21-year-old man from the Stowmarket area has been arrested on suspicion of possession of an indecent photograph of a child and also on suspicion of false imprisonment.” Miss Breach confirmed the false imprisonment investigation also related to a child.

Police have been conducting their inquiries over the past six months. Jameson, who is a troop assistant for the Scouts, was first arrested on December 15 and then bailed after being interviewed by officers.


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Last night his parents, David and Helen, told the EADT: “Ryan is denying all allegations and is fighting to clear his name. We are completely behind him.”

A spokesman for the Scout Association confirmed it was aware of the inquiry. He also said the association was co-operating with the investigation as and when required to do so.

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Jameson is currently suspended from his post as a Scout leader. Chris Foster, from the Scout Association, said: “I can confirm that the Scout Association is aware of the arrest of Ryan Jameson and we are co-operating with the statutory authorities during this investigation.

“I can also confirm that action was taken to suspend Mr Jameson’s involvement with the movement as soon as we were made aware.”

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