Prison officer admits sexual assault on boy

Matthew Bell arriving at Hull Crown Court.
Matthew Bell arriving at Hull Crown Court.

A former assistant district commissioner of the Scout movement has admitted a string of sexual offences, including one on an underage boy.

Full Sutton prison officer Matthew Bell, 28, pleaded guilty to sexual assault on an underage boy and two charges of making indecent images and two charges of possession of indecent images when he appeared for a scheduled trial at Hull Crown Court.

Bell’s barrister Edward Moss asked for the charges to be put again to Bell when he made a 10-minute appearance before Judge Simon Jack at Hull Crown Court last Monday. Witnesses were on standby to be called for a trial.

Bell, of Foresters Walk, Stamford Bridge, pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual assault on a child.

Bell admitted touching a boy and the touching was sexual.

He also pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of indecent images of children at Stamford Bridge and two charges of creation of the images.

Bell has been in the Scouting movement since he was a youth.

He became an assistant district commissioner in 2013 and has been a leader since 2009.

Mr Moss asked for a pre-sentence report to be 
compiled on Bell’s background before he could be sentenced.

Judge Simon Jack told Bell to stand as he warned him all sentencing options were open, including custody. Bell was allowed to walk free on bail.

He will be sentenced at Hull Crown Court on 23 November.

He was granted bail on condition he does not have unsupervised contact with a child or young person under the age of 18.