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Boy Scout director: child porn creep


Douglas S. Smith Jr., who is expected to plead guilty, is still active in troop activity in Texas.

(via Raw Story Q). Upstanding gay scouts are tossed from this organization, yet among Boy Scout leadership is this creep, a soon-to-be-convicted-felon. It’s about character, not orientation, but they just don’t get it. They put the man on paid leave when this broke; at least he had the sense to step down. (MSNBC):

The national director of programs for the Boy Scouts of America has been charged with receiving and distributing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s office here told NBC News on Tuesday.

Douglas S. Smith Jr. was charged with one felony count of having photos that show “minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.” Sources in the U.S. Attorney’s office told NBC that Smith was expected to plead guilty. The images were of young boys and the investigation started in Germany, the sources added.

In a statement Tuesday, the Boy Scouts of America said it had no indication of prior criminal activity. “We are dismayed and shocked to learn of the charge,” it said. “Smith was employed by the organization for 39 years, with no indication of prior criminal activity. He was not in a leadership position which involved working directly with youth.”

…Smith, 61, would not comment when reached by phone at his home. He was expected to appear in federal court Wednesday morning. If tried and found guilty, he faces prison time ranging from five to 20 years. A resident of Colleyville, Texas, Smith is still active in troop activity and is himself an Eagle Scout.

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