Boy Scouts of America responds to arrest of former Scout Leader

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – NY State Police charged a former Boy Scout Leader and Greece School District employee with having sexual contact with a minor.

Sean Glenney, 51, of Greece is charged with a criminal sexual act for having contact with a 15-year-old in 2015. State police said he met the minor through the Explorer Program at North Greece Fire Department.

Glenney is on leave from Greece Central School District, pending the outcome of his case.

The Boy Scouts of America have issued a statement:

"The actions alleged to have been committed by Sean Glenney are reprehensible and opposed to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) stands for. When we were advised of the allegations, we took steps to preclude him from participation in Scouting. He was added to the BSA’s Volunteer Screening Database thus banning him from any future registration and participation with the BSA," said Stephen Hoitt, Scout Executive/CEO of Seneca Waterways Council, Boy Scouts of America.

"Consistent with our commitment to protecting Scouts and upholding our values as an organization, the BSA strongly supports efforts to ensure that anyone who commits sexual abuse is held accountable."

The Seneca Waterway Council will cooperate with the ongoing investigation and maintain that nothing is more important than the safety of the Scouts in their program.

The BSA has developed youth protection policies, which include:

  • Mandatory youth protection training for all volunteers and employees;
  • A leadership policy that requires at least two youth-protection trained adults to be present with youth at all times during Scouting activities and bans one-on-one situations where adults would have any interaction alone with children – either in person, online, or via phone or text;
  • A thorough screening process for adult leaders and staff including criminal background checks;
  • A ban on the use of recording devices/cell phones near bathrooms and shower houses;
  • And the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse to law enforcement.

The BSA offers a 24/7 Scouts First Helpline (1-844-SCOUTS1) and email for help reporting suspected abuse or inappropriate behavior. Survivors can access services here.