A FORMER youth club organiser has been jailed for a string of indecent assaults on young boys carried out in caravans across Northumberland.
Jack Bolton, a boxing coach at a club in Morpeth in the 1980s, befriended three young boys before taking them on holiday and abusing them.
The assaults started in July 1983 and continued for six years, Newcastle Crown Court heard on Tuesday.
The 68-year-old admitted 33 counts of indecent assault.
The offences only came to light last year after one of his young victims told a relative why he had tried to harm himself.
He said that he had something to tell her that he should have told his father before he died.
His revelations prompted the police investigation that led to Bolton being jailed this week.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Bolton would pick up a number of children off the street.
The court was told that that he would regularly take one of them, a 12-year-old, to a Cramlington industrial estate and indecently assault him in his car.
Bolton also became friendly with the victim’s family, building up so much trust with his parents that they allowed him to take their son to a holiday camp in Northumberland.
It was on such trips to the caravan that more serious assaults occurred, and they went on until the boy was 17.
Prosecuting, Dan Cordey told the court: “He started to realise that things were wrong and he wanted to have his own relationship and go out so he started making excuses when the defendant tried to invite him to go away with him.”
Another victim, also a 12-year-old boy, thought Bolton was a genuinely nice man and was just giving him cuddles, the court heard.
Bolton also took the youngster to a caravan park, where he let him watch certificate-18 videos.
He then introduced his young victim to pornographic movies and the child was told to keep it as their secret.
Bolton also assaulted a third boy, an 11-year-old, continuing until he was 15.
He was jailed for nine years, put on the sex offenders’ register for life and given a sexual offences prevention order.
It emerged in court that Bolton, formerly of Whitley Bay but most recently of George Street, Wakefield, had previous convictions for indecent assaults on young men and had already served prison sentences for similar offences.
Defending Bolton, Anthony Moore said: “At his age, prison will not be an easy time for him, but he accepts that he must go.”
Passing sentence on Bolton, Judge Roger Thorn said: “You have in the past abused your position.
“There has been persistence and planning over many years on your part, and you used porn, cash, trips and treats to entice boys into silence and co-operation.”