A former scout leader has been jailed for 15 years for sexually abusing young boys over a 16 year period.
Peter Wells, 72, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, was convicted of seven counts of indecent assault and five of gross indecency after a two-week trial at Wood Green Crown Court.
All the offences took place from 1974 to 1992.
His victims were aged between eight and 13 years old.
The court heard that Wells carried out the abuse when he was a teacher at Keble Preparatory school in Enfield and when he was a scout leader within the district of Edmonton in the 1970s.
The first victim, who is now in his 50s, reported that Wells had taken an unhealthy interest in him when he was a pupil and Wells had abused him on a number of occasions on school trips and after athletics sessions over a seven-year period.
A second pupil said Wells abused him over a four-year period during his time at the school.
The victim, now in his 40s, said Wells put his hand inside his clothing and inappropriately touched him on numerous occasions.
The third victim, also in his 50s, said Wells abused him during his short time as a cub scout whilst Wells was scout leader.
Detective Constable Keith Kimberley said: The lengthy prison sentence handed to Wells reflects the long-lasting impact of the sexual abuse, which took place over the course of 16 years.
I would like to commend the bravery of the victims in coming forward and reporting this abuse.
This conviction shows that it is never too late to report sexual offences and I would urge anyone affected by this investigation to come forward and speak to police.