A SCOUTING volunteer who repeatedly raped a schoolgirl and fondled her friend has been jailed indefinitely after showing no remorse for his actions.
Michael Drinkwater, 36, groomed and corrupted the rape victim, first attacking her when she was 13, taking her virginity and having sex with her 14 times.
He still thought there was nothing wrong with his behaviour and tried to blame the girl for being "sexually precocious".
Burnley Crown Court heard how he adopted a liberal attitude to girls staying at Bowley Scout Camp, Great Harwood.
He offered drink and encouraged them to play "dirty dare" games and talk about sex. He also took along a collection of sex toys.
Drinkwater, who put his hand over the rape victim's mouth to stop her sobbing, was given an indeterminate sentence. He must serve at least four years, 286 days, before the Parole Board considers whether or not he is safe to be released.
He was also banned from working with children and put on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.
Drinkwater, of Exchange Street, Accrington, admitted assault by penetration, three specimen counts of rape and one of sexual activity with a child between March 2005 and the end of last year. Judge Jonathan Woolman said it was alarming to read in a pre-sentence report that he was trying to blame the girl.
He said: "So long as you have that attitude there is a risk of you committing the offences again and causing serious psychological harm to others."
Alexandra Simmons, prosecuting, told the court the offences came to light when another girl's mother alerted police over unsavoury text messages on her daughter's phone which appeared to be from the defendant.
The girl was interviewed by police and said Drinkwater was having sex with one of her friends.
She said the defendant had a bag of sex toys and porn DVDs which he played in her presence and which made her feel uncomfortable.
She told officers she heard the defendant asking the rape victim for sex.
The defendant was arrested in January and the rape victim was interviewed. She told police Drinkwater had first touched her indecently a couple of weeks after her 13th birthday and she had been shocked and upset.
Afterwards he had asked her if she enjoyed it and she had been unable to tell anybody what happened.
The victim went on to say that in late 2005 the defendant raped her. She was crying and telling him to get off and was struggling but couldn't move.
The girl told police Drinkwater had sex with her on a number of occasions and put his hand over her mouth to stop her crying.
Miss Simmons added the victim was left emotional and tearful by Drink-water's conduct and now found it difficult to trust people.
Paul Humphries, defending, said Drinkwater, who had no previous convictions, was very open about what happened and would say he had done nothing wrong.
He could, and would, address his offending behaviour while in custody.
l Drinkwater was not a Scout leader but a member of the Scouting Fellowship which offers support to the Scouting network. He was banned as soon as the allegations came to light.