A man who preyed on a young girl in his care as a Scouts leader has been sentenced for sexual offences.
Daniel Williams carried out the abuse of the girl from Sussex.
The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has received support from specially-trained officers.
At Lewes Crown Court on October 9 he appeared for sentencing after admitting assaulting a girl under the age of 13 by penetration at an earlier hearing.
The 51-year-old former maintenance engineer, formerly of an address in Hassocks, was a scout leader for more than ten years and committed the offence while acting in this role.
He also admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of children.
The court sentenced Williams to a term of five years in prison and an additional year on licence to make a six year sentence in total.
It means Williams will not be automatically released half way through his sentence.
He was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order to restrict his access to children, and will be a registered sex offender for life.
Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Dan Griffiths from the Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: “The victim in this case showed tremendous courage to come forward and report what had happened.
“She and her family received support from specially-trained officers.
“Daniel Williams is a dangerous offender who used his trusted position to enable his offending. He has abused that trust in the most abhorrent manner.
“This case shows Sussex Police’s determination to get justice for victims and ensure dangerous individuals are not able to pose further risk to the community.
“Sussex police would like to extend their gratitude to the Scouts Association for fully cooperating with our enquiries and helping to support the victim and her family.