Ex-Queen’s security guard jailed for sexually abusing children aged 13

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Ken Burman appeared before the judge today after a trial found him guilty of a series of indecent assaults on young teenagers from 1972 to 1980 when he was the leader of a club boys.

A court heard Burman worked on the Queen’s security as well as probation (file photo)

One of the Queen’s former security guards who sexually abused children as young as 13 throughout the 1970s has been jailed.

Ken Burman appeared before the judge today after a trial found him guilty of a series of indecent assaults on young teenagers from 1972 to 1980 when he was the leader of a club boys.

The court heard how the 86-year-old’s victims came forward and accused him of sexual touching some 40 years after the crimes after police appealed in 2017, asking former members of the Boys’ Club of Windsor to provide information.

Continuing, Hugh Forgan said: “While the defendant was the leader of the Young Adventurer’s Club at Windsor, one of the victims thought he was a favorite of the defendant and went camping with the club.

“The victim slept in a tent with another boy. After the lights went out, he said the defendant had climbed into their tent and rolled his sleeping bag up to his chest. then lay between them and stroked the victim. He pulled his hand back and left.”

The court heard that Burman, who now uses a wheelchair, exploited opportunities in club buildings to touch other boys, including using the pretense of a kissing game to get naked with one of his victims.

The prosecutor read statements from three victims in the courtroom, who told the judge that remembering their time at the boys’ club caused them anxiety and they had trouble forming relationships , thinking it was due to Burman’s abuse.







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One victim told the courtroom in her statement: ‘My childhood should have been free, but it was overshadowed by Ken Burman.’

The pensioner was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault on a man. Another charge of indecent assault against a man was brought to court, but Burman was cleared.

Defending Alan Walker said: “Mr Burman maintains his denial of these offences. These offenses took place in the 1970s and prior to that he was of good character with no offense since.

“He has played a positive role in the community throughout his life – throughout his life he has worked with probation, for a newspaper and in a security role with the Queen. He is widely respected by the community.”

The lawyer highlighted the pensioner’s vulnerability due to his age, citing a series of health problems he suffers from.

Mr Walker told the judge: ‘Mr Burman has quite a miserable life at home and he would struggle to do simple tasks on his own.







Burman, of Sheepcote, Windsor, Berkshire, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court (file photo)
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Conviction, Judge Kirsty Real said: “This conviction is for a pattern of offenses over a number of years, between 1972 and 1980. You were the leader of the Young Adventurer’s Club in Windsor – there were three victims who testified.

“The first victim, for the one time you held his penis in the club kitchen, the second victim, for the indecent assault during the camping trip and the two indecent assaults on the club floor , where you were both naked and the attacker was under the guise of a kissing game.

“The third victim, for which you indecently assaulted him on a camping trip.”

Burman, of Sheepcote, Windsor, Berkshire, was today sentenced by Reading Crown Court to six years’ imprisonment.

The judge claimed the conviction was based on “breach of trust and prejudice”, mitigated by his age and the time that had elapsed since the offenses took place.

She told the courtroom that if not for his mitigating features, he would have been sentenced to seven years in prison.

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