Skip to comments.Longtime Boy Scouts Official Charged
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."
tie his arms and legs to 4 illegals and yell IMMIGRATION!!
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?
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
I had to look at 24 pictures and three videos, almost all were from Eastern Europe.