Former Boy Scout employee charged with child porn possession

Former Boy Scout employee charged with child porn possession

July 10, 2018 06:44 AM

A former employee of Boy Scouts of America was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. 

The charge against 34-year-old Russell Ruth of Lyons carries with it a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

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Back in March, Yahoo! reported a subscriber to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for uploading five suspected child pornography files to a Yahoo! server. 

Law enforcement traced the files back to an email address belonging to Ruth. 

After further investigation, police discovered hundreds of images and videos of child pornography involving minor boys on Ruth's laptop. 

Ruth made an appearance in front of U.S District Judge Jonathan Feldman on Monday. 

He is being held pending a detention hearing on July 11. 

Seneca Waterways Council-Boy Scouts of America issued the following statement:

“For the last several weeks we have been participating with multiple law enforcement agencies regarding the investigation into Russell Ruth.

This individual’s behavior is abhorrent and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Upon learning of the investigation, we took immediate action to remove this individual and prohibit him from any future participation in our programs.

At this point, we have been advised by law enforcement, there is no evidence of any improprieties happening anywhere within Camp or any Scouting program.

Nothing is more important than the safety of our youth members. We seek to prevent child abuse through comprehensive policies and procedures to serve as barriers to abuse. These include a thorough screening process for adult leaders and staff, criminal background checks, requiring two or more adult leaders be present with youth at all times during Scouting activities, the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse and advocating on behalf of victims when abuse is identified.

Anyone with any information on potential abuse should contact authorities to ensure the safety of our youth, in and out of Scouting.”


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