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New meaning to "boy scout(s)" !

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BuckStocksHere, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. BuckStocksHere

    BuckStocksHere Semper Fi!

    This dude is sick.

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 10px; PADDING-LEFT: 15px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" vAlign=bottom width=239>Boy Scout director charged with having child porn
    Organization 'dismayed and shocked ' by news
    NBC News and news services
    Updated: 8:11 p.m. ET March 29, 2005

    DALLAS, Texas - A longtime Boy Scouts of America official who directed a national task force to protect children from sexual abuse has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

    <TABLE style="PADDING-LEFT: 15px" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=textSmallGrey vAlign=top align=middle></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Douglas Sovereign Smith Jr., 61, was accused of receiving images over the Internet in February of children engaging in oral sex, intercourse and other sexually explicit conduct. The charges were filed by federal prosecutors March 21.

    “We’re shocked and dismayed to learn of this,” said Gregg Shields, national spokesman for the Boy Scouts, based in the Dallas suburb of Irving. “Smith was employed by the Boy Scouts for 39 years and we had no indication of prior criminal activity.”

    Sources in the U.S. Attorney's office told NBC that Smith, 61, was expected to plead guilty.

    Law enforcement officials indicated the pictures did not show boys who were with the Boy Scouts organization, Shields said.

    Smith was a national program director and staff adviser of the Boy Scout’s renowned Youth Protection Task Force. Shields said Smith took over the task force a couple of years ago when another employee retired. Smith managed the distribution of literature, video tapes, a Web site and other resources that teach children and adults at schools, churches and Boy Scout troops how to detect and prevent child abuse.

    Smith’s job did not involve working directly with children, Shields said. Smith was put on leave immediately after the Boy Scouts officials learned of charges, then chose to retire, he said.

    Smith, reached Tuesday at his home in Colleyville, near Fort Worth, referred all questions to his attorney, Jack Strickland, who said: “He’s not taking this well. I’ve got to tell you, this is a good man and I would hate to see the entirety of his life and the good things he’s done defined by one incident.”

    Smith’s indictment was the result of a joint investigation between German and U.S. authorities to look into child porn distributed over the Internet.

    Dean Boyd, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the investigative arm of the Homeland Security Department, declined to talk specifically about Smith’s case, but said it is the kind that authorities take special care to investigate.

    The Scouts have been under fire in recent years for refusing to allow gays, atheists or agnostics into the organization.

    “That’s totally irrelevant to this,” Shields said.
  2. jcfiesta

    jcfiesta Rookie

    Maybe this guy was doing some "research" at home.
  3. scooter1369

    scooter1369 HTTR Forever.

    ^Love the sig...

  4. kenlin

    kenlin Rookie

    Gee, I guess their policy of only allowing Straight, Christian members might not be perfect?
  5. scooter1369

    scooter1369 HTTR Forever.

    At this very moment in Texas, there are probably thousands of parents grilling their kids about any contact they had with this scumbag over the last 39 years. And there will likely be a hundred people come out of the wood work by Friday to accuse him of molesting them as kids. Sadly, half of them may be legit...

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