Ottawa police have charged former Scouts Canada  volunteer Scott Graham Stanley with a number of sex offences involving boys under the age of 16.

Police say the 30-year-old is accused of offences which took place between 2012 and 2013 while on duty as a volunteer with Scouts Canada in the Ottawa area.

Graham Stanley was arrested Thursday and appeared in an Ottawa courtroom today.

A total of 18 sexual assault charges will be presented in court.