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Ex-Ottawa Scouts leader Scott Stanley sentenced to five years for molesting boys

A former Scouts leader was handed a five-year jail sentence on Wednesday for having sexual relations with boys.

But because 31-year-old Scott Stanley gets credit for time already served in prison, he will spend three years and 281 days behind bars.

In her sentencing, Ontario Court Justice Heather Perkins-McVey told Stanley that it’s not against the law to be a homosexual, “but you engaged in sexual activities with children.”

Those children – four boys aged 12 to 15 – can’t be named under a publication ban.

Apart from his prison sentence, Stanley is also prohibited from contacting the four victims while in custody and must stay two km from their homes when he’s released. He’s prohibited from speaking with anyone under 16 years old, unless accompanied by an adult or for commercial purposes like ordering at a Tim Hortons drive-thru.

The former lifeguard and swim coach with the City of Ottawa is also prohibited from going to parks, swimming areas, daycares or schools where there may be 16 year olds.

'Who I am hates who I've been'

Stanley started grooming the boys at an early age so that he could have relationships with them when they were older.

The mutual masturbation, kissing, oral sex and explicit text messages were not forced upon the boys, the courtroom previously heard. However, he took the lead on the acts between 2012 and 2013.

In June, Stanley pleaded guilty to 16 charges of sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and Internet luring.

Because of his early plea, the boys did not have to testify in court, which is something Justice Perkins-McVey considered in her sentencing. She said he appears remorseful and open to receiving treatment.

She also said he’s not a pedophile and possessed no child pornography on his Internet-enable devices. He’s a man who feels inadequate with people his own age and suffers from anxiety issues, said the judge. He has tried committing suicide since his arrest.

At his sentencing hearing last month, Stanley apologized for his actions.

“Who I am hates who I’ve been and what I’ve done,” he said.

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