Asst. Boy Scout troop leader, 18, indicted on sodomy charges

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Jacob Wittren appears in court Friday from jail via video feed.

OREGON CITY, Ore. - An 18-year-old former Boy Scout and assistant troop leader appeared in court Friday accused of sexually abusing fellow scouts.
     
Jacob Wittren, 18, was arrested two weeks ago and Clackamas County court documents show he is accused of sexually assaulting three 12-year-old boys in 2010 when he was an assistant troop leader in Oregon.

According to indictment documents, Wittren is charged with five counts of second-degree sodomy. The Boy Scouts' Cascade Pacific Council has not identified which troop Wittren worked with.

Wittren pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday.
    
A statement from the Boy Scouts said Wittren was removed from scouting as soon as leaders heard about the allegations.

"The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable and our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who may be a victim of this type of behavior," said Scout Executive Matthew Devore in a statement.

Wittren is in jail on a $250,000 bond. He’s ordered not to have any contact with the three boys he's accused of abusing.

Secret Boy Scout documents released last month revealed a decades-long cover up regarding scoutmasters and others who allegedly molested children.

The files from 1965 to 1985 showed police, prosecutors and religious leaders quietly shielded scout leaders.

The files pointed out cases where accused pedophiles were kept out of scouting leadership positions, but about a third of the time, police were not told about possible abuse cases. And attempts to protect scouts from alleged molesters broke down at the local level.


Scout Executive Matthew Devore sent out the following statement Thursday:

The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable and our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who may be a victim of this type of behavior.

The Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America was recently made aware of allegations of inappropriate behavior against a former member. The behavior included in these allegations runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Upon learning of these allegations we immediately removed this individual from Scouting.
 
I personally met with parents from the Troop to offer support and am cooperating fully with law enforcement.
 
The BSA seeks to prevent child abuse through a comprehensive program of education, chartered organization leader selection procedures, criminal background and other checks, barriers to abuse and prompt mandatory reporting. Because these allegations are currently under investigation, further questions should be directed to other local authorities such as law enforcement.