pounds 1OO,OOO TO HUSH-UP SCOUT FIEND'S VICTIMS; But abuse families say: We'll not be gagged.
VICTIMS of a paedophile cub leader have been offered a record pounds 100,000 compensation by the Scout Association, the Sunday Mercury can reveal today.
But families of 11 children abused by sex monster Clive Mucklow have rejected the cash settlement after refusing to sign a gagging clause.
Mucklow, 42, was jailed for six years in 1996 after abusing cubs and their friends, some as young as eight, after luring them to a Scout Association house.
Now the organisation has offered victims compensation pay-outs ranging from pounds 6,000 to pounds 15,000.
However, the offer - only the second ever made by the youth movement - has been rejected by all but one of the families who are refusing to sign confidentiality clauses.
Bachelor Mucklow was a cub leader at the 89th Birmingham pack in Hall Green, Birmingham, for 15 years. He was also an official at the Blackwell Court Scouting Centre in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.
The pervert enticed cubs and their friends to a house at the centre and coerced them into taking part in sordid sex games, which he filmed.
At court, Mucklow admitted 13 counts of indecent assault, gross indecency and taking indecent photographs.
He was released last August and is now believed to have returned to Bromsgrove.
After the court case, the parents of 12 children launched legal action to win compensation after claiming the Scout Association was warned about Mucklow as far back as 1992.
Now the Sunday Mercury has learned that scout bosses have offered the huge cash settlement - but with strings attached.
One parent, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: 'My child was offered pounds 15,000 but we have refused because of a gagging clause.
'The Scout Association wants us to keep quiet about what happened but we are not prepared to do that.
'This legal action was never just about money - it was about making sure the Scout Association did not repeat the same mistakes. How can we be sure that is going to happen if we agree to be hushed-up?
'We will continue fighting until the scouts agree to a compensation settlement without conditions.'
Another parent said: 'Children have been offered between pounds 6,000 to pounds 15,000 but only one family has accepted.
'The majority are just not prepared to sign confidentiality clauses as we want everything out in the open.
'This man devastated so many lives yet we have never even received an apology from the Scout Association.'
The Scout Association has only ever offered one other compensation payment for sex abuse. In 1994, it made cash settlements to three boys who were molested by their troop leader Ron Telfer, 52.
The heating engineer, from Newcastle, was jailed for 18 months after admitting seven counts of indecent assault.
It is believed the Scout Association paid several thousands of pounds in compensation but it is not known if parents were gagged.
The Mucklow compensation payout, by comparison, will now dwarf that figure.
A Scout Association spokesman said: 'Offers have been made to all the families of victims and one has accepted.
'Negotiations between our solicitors and the legal team representing all other victims are continuing.'
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CLIVE MUCKLOW ... jailed for sex attacks on cubs and their friends
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|Date:||Jan 21, 2001|
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