A man charged with dozens of child sex offences worked as a scout leader and a children’s nurse.

Sussex Police have said that Ian Silvester, who worked as a volunteer ambulance worker, diving instructor, first aid trainer and babysitter, was charged with 76 different sexual offences.

Silvester, of Locks Hill in Portslade, is accused of the historic sexual offences against 18 boys between 1986 and 2011.

Silvester, 59, is charged with 42 incidents of indecent assaults against boys under the age of 16 and 26 incidents of engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with boys aged between 13 to 15.

He would have been 22 at the time of the first alleged offence.

The offences are alleged to have happened in Hove, Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham, Portslade and other locations in Sussex.

As part of his bail arrangements, eighteen names were read out in Brighton Magistrates’ Court who Silvester is not allowed to contact.

Silvester is yet to enter a plea.

District Judge Amanda Kelly said he is to not have contact with any young people under the age of 16.

The case was adjourned until January 10.