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Longtime Boy Scouts Official Charged
AP ^ | 03-29-2005 | LISA FALKENBERG

Posted on 03/29/2005 1:12:04 PM PST by denver larry

DALLAS - A former high-ranking Boy Scouts of America official has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

Douglas Sovereign Smith Jr., 61, who as program director coordinated scouting programs with schools and churches, 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."

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

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."

He was expected to appear in federal court Wednesday.

"This is the first time ever we recall anything like this being charged against a Boy Scouts employee," Shields said. "We're proud of our dedicated and hardworking people, but never heard of anything like this."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: boyscout; bsa; childporn; douglassmith; pedophile
how ironic. sad, very sad.
1 posted on 03/29/2005 1:12:05 PM PST by denver larry
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To: denver larry
if proven guilty

tie his arms and legs to 4 illegals and yell IMMIGRATION!!

2 posted on 03/29/2005 1:17:02 PM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: denver larry

He received pornographic images on his computer -- and how was that discovered? By whom? And under what kind of warrant? And were the senders of that filth arrested and charged? There was no mention of that in the article. How come?
Distribution? To whom? Why no mention? If the charge of distribution is accurate, shouldn't there have been others arrested? Who are they?


3 posted on 03/29/2005 1:25:36 PM PST by Continental Soldier
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To: Continental Soldier
Law enforcement identifies site users/visitors before closing in and shutting them down. The site owners were almost certainly arrested--I write 'almost certainly' because I don't know the details. If a download of child pornography occurred on someone's machine, then cops have the basis for a search warrant. The police might not have released details because they don't want to clue computer-savvy perverts in on investigation methodology.
4 posted on 03/29/2005 1:39:44 PM PST by Rembrandt_fan
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To: denver larry

Old media will run with this for sure. The operative word is FORMER. The news of course will be of this charge and how the Boy Scouts won't allow a HOMOSEXUAL be a team leader but it seems perfectly ok to have someone who downloads child porn to lead( or some other bogus allegation)


5 posted on 03/29/2005 1:40:45 PM PST by shadeaud (Liberals suffer from acute interior cornial craniorectoitis)
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To: Rembrandt_fan
If a download of child pornography occurred on someone's machine, then cops have the basis for a search warrant. The police might not have released details because they don't want to clue computer-savvy perverts in on investigation methodology.

it's the same with anything you download, like songs, dvd releases of new movies or software programs.... whatever you download it can be traced... I wonder if this guy was downloading the stuff on Boy Scouts of America machines.... and that's what tipped them off.

It's weird in a way because on one hand there is a "feeling" of anonymity like here at the Free Republic, but in actuality there are no "anonymous" participants on the internet... even here for the Freepers...... so Big Brother is watching.

6 posted on 03/29/2005 2:21:20 PM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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Big Brother can't watch everything, but he can focus on certain groups like, for example, pedophiles and terrorists. The bad part is that the 'net allows pedophiles and the like to network, the good part is that smart, determined law enforcement can more easily identify and find them.


7 posted on 03/29/2005 2:35:50 PM PST by Rembrandt_fan
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I always wondered if somebody could cross reference Islamoweb sites, to sites in the area of conflict and try connecting the dots to the terrorists. Like a giant database with cross references to machine isp's and e-mails and sites visited ...... I guess that's what the NSA is all about.....?
8 posted on 03/29/2005 2:39:36 PM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: Rembrandt_fan

Thank you for your response; I appreciate it. But, you know, I have grown very tired of stories about the police going after private citizens for what they may or may not have on their computers. Isn't it about time to spend some money and energy going after the suppliers of such filth? Why does it always seem like those criminals are beyond reach and beyond our concern? They are not beyond my concern -- I want to see stories about those producers/suppliers being arrested!


9 posted on 03/30/2005 1:51:16 PM PST by Continental Soldier
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I was a juror on a kiddie porn trial, someone gets a email by mistake or stumbles onto a porn site and reports it to LE or their internet connection.

My trial was started by one person getting a kiddie porn jpeg by error, reported it to AOL, who refered it to the Justice Dept, the FBI arrested the guy and found emails to and from my guy.


10 posted on 03/30/2005 2:02:17 PM PST by razorback-bert
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To: Continental Soldier

I had to look at 24 pictures and three videos, almost all were from Eastern Europe.


11 posted on 03/30/2005 2:05:50 PM PST by razorback-bert
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To: Continental Soldier
I don't have any gripes with police following the trail of downloads from something as heinous as a child porn site. It takes serious effort and time to actually find such sites and such people offering such things. The very least the cops can do is nail these evil, rotten, horrible men with a solicitation or child porn possession charge. Going after the makers of child porn is more problematic since (and this is a guess) the source is often out-of-country and the authorities are corrupt or overextended. Organized crime by definition is more difficult to crack than your typical loony-tunes degenerate. You see, Big Brother doesn't scan individual machines nationwide looking for illegal stuff--they follow the trail you leave behind. I worked full-time and as a consultant for a telecom for years--partly in security--and it isn't as complex a field as one might think. Visualize data traffic as just that: traffic, and it becomes simpler to grasp. Another thing most people don't realize is that government simply doesn't care about you or me at all, unless of course our numbers turn up on an fundraising site for Al Quaida or some such thing.
12 posted on 03/30/2005 10:06:40 PM PST by Rembrandt_fan
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