Former Boy Scout Official Charged in Child Porn Case

CNN reports that a former top leader in the Boy Scouts of America has been charged with child pornography.

Boy Scout official charged in child porn case

A former top official of the Boy Scouts of America faces federal Internet child pornography charges and is expected to plead guilty Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office said. Douglas S. Smith Jr. faces a single count of receiving and distributing child pornography — a charge resulting from a federal investigation conducted with German authorities. The U.S. attorney’s office in Fort Worth, Texas, filed the charges after federal investigators found images of children engaging in sex acts on Smith’s computer.

Smith is scheduled to appear before a federal judge Wednesday in Fort Worth, said Kathy Colvin, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office. “We anticipate Mr. Smith will enter a guilty plea at that time,” she said.

Smith retired from the Boy Scouts in February after a 39-year career with the youth organization, based in suburban Dallas. The organization placed him on administrative leave after learning that he was under criminal investigation, and Smith stepped down soon afterward, BSA spokesman Greg Shields said. Smith, a former Eagle Scout, previously served as the Boy Scouts’ director of programming, Shields said. “As a professional scouter, he was in more administrative positions — most recently developing programs — and not in direct contact with the youth,” Shields said. Shields said the Boy Scouts are “shocked and dismayed” by Smith’s arrest, but the group has cooperated with investigators in the case.

Not something one wants to hear about someone in the top ranks of the Boy Scouts.

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  1. Fersboo says:

    freaking zealots!

  2. Sad Day for Scouting says:

    I wish CNN would post another photo, one that does not have him wearing the uniform. It’s terribly sad he had to involve BSA in a scandal.

  3. Anderson says:

    Good thing they’re keeping the gays out, so that this kind of thing doesn’t happen. Wait–oops.

  4. Mark says:

    What I really wish is that for all these guys they would also list out their political/religious affiliation, not just the fact they are scout leaders. (I’m willing to bet money he was also a republican/regular churchgoer. That being said, I’m bummed that the scouts are linked to yet another scandal that has nothing to do with scouting and everything to do with the sick culture we live in.

  5. Sgt Fluffy says:

    Every orgsnization has there sickos…Look at Congress, the Senate and so on and so on. The only thing that makes it national is that it involves the BSA and we all know the MSM hates the BSA. I wonder how many of them have child porn on their laptops?