Skip to comments.Boy Scout Director Sentenced to 95 Years for Child Pornography
Posted on 01/21/2012 7:27:42 PM PST by Larry381
GRAND RAPIDS, MIScott Allan Herrick, 40, of Twin Lakes, Michigan, was sentenced to serve 95 years in prison, U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced today. Herrick surreptitiously videotaped boys as they were dressing in the boys locker room in the YMCA in Muskegon and kept a massive collection of 100,000 images of child pornography with him at the Gerber Boy Scout Camp in Twin Lakes, Michigan. He was convicted at trial of three counts of attempting to produce child pornography. On the first day of trial, Herrick pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.
The Honorable Paul L. Maloney, Chief U.S. District Judge, presided over the trial and sentencing. He considered Herricks assertion at sentencing that he had no sexual interest in children to be preposterous. Judge Maloney commented that the seriousness of the crimes cannot be overstated and that the lengthy sentence reflected his desire to protect the community from further acts by Herrick. He recognized that by sentencing Herrick to 1140 months (95 years) of incarceration, Herrick would likely spend the rest of his life in prison. Should Herrick live long enough for release, he must serve the rest of his life on supervised release. The judge explained that the sexual exploitation of children by using institutions like the Boy Scouts and the YMCA tears at the social fabric of our country. Judge Maloney wanted to send a message to others who would use their positions of trust with children for sexual exploitationYou will be punished severely.
Herrick was the camp director for Gerber Boy Scout Camp in Twin Lakes, Michigan. Herrick also worked as a pool safety instructor for third grade children at the YMCA in Muskegon, Michigan. Herrick was trading child pornography and was discovered during a series of undercover FBI operations. On July 1, 2010, FBI and Homeland Security Investigations-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (HSI-ICE) agents executed a search warrant on the Gerber Boy Scout Camp and discovered evidence of child pornography. Herrick was arrested on July 8, 2010, and has been held in custody since.
U.S. Attorney Davis echoed the judges concerns: Herrick used and abused his position of trust in organizations dedicated to the health and welfare of children to satisfy his own perverse sexual interest in young boys. My office sought and secured firm punishment for this appauling violation of community trust and childhood innocence. My office places a high priority on child exploitation cases, which will mean very long and well-deserved time in prison for offenders like Herrick.
All children have an absolute right to grow up free from the fear of being sexually exploited, said Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge of ICEs Homeland Security Investigations in Detroit. And children should never have to fear those who are supposed to protect them. HSI and our partners will relentlessly pursue anyone who sexually exploits our kids in any way.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew G. Arena said, The FBI is committed to protecting our most precious assets, our children. Along with our law enforcement partners, the FBI will bring to justice those individuals who prey on the innocent.
Ok, what do you know of faggots infiltrating the BSA?
First hand knowledge?
Is it as bad as the GSA?
Spill Mr. Wizard.
Any idea why this was a federal case?
Thankfully, the Boy Scouts have the practice of ‘two deep leadership’. It is against the rules for any adult, except the boy’s parents, to be alone with any Scout, outside the view of other adults. If a boy needs to be spoken to privately, the adult pulls him aside in full view of everyone else in the room to do so. I believe this one rule is what has kept sexual abuse in Boy Scouts to a minimum over the past 20 years.
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