Scott Henderson, 22, from Blackburn, UK who worked as Blackburn Rovers’ Roar the Lion mascot has been charged with sexual offences against children.
Henderson was one of several volunteers who dressed up in the Roar costume for Ewood Park games.
He is accused of sex acts with children he met through Facebook. This included chat and webcam activity. He is also accused of having video clips of child pornography.
He has been in jail since mid October and was bailed out this week.
He has 10 charges pending against him.
- Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child aged 15 in September last year
- Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child aged 14 between March and April last year
- Inciting a boy aged 14 to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity between March and April last year
- Inciting a boy aged 15 to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity between March and April last year
- Six counts of making indecent photographs of a child between January and May 2010 ranging from SAP levels one, two and four
Henderson is scheduled to appear in Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on May 31.
Before he was arrented, he often performed in costume for children’s parties. Once the arrest happened, he was immediately let go. The Blackburn Rovers spokesperson confirmed that Henderson no longer had any association with the club.
The Roar the Lion part had been filled by a number of people on a rotating basis. Following the allegations, Rovers retired the mascot and has launched a competition to design a new one.
Via The Telegraph