On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Internet Crime on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A 22-year-old Missouri man is facing charges for alleged Internet sex crimes. Authorities have charged the man, and Boy Scout leader, with two counts of encouraging a sexual performance by a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor.
Authorities began investigating when they received a complaint from the Boy Scouts of America about inappropriate conversations and exchanges occurring on Facebook. The organization cited the name “Sarah McGee” as the Facebook account holder that allegedly engaged in conversations with minor boy scouts. Scout officials believed the messages may have been coming from a Boy Scout leader.
The Cyber Crimes Task Force obtained search warrants to search the Facebook account. They allegedly found conversations between the account creator and minor boys between the ages of 14 and 17. Authorities claim the person who created the account asked minors to take nude photographs of themselves.
Authorities investigated the email address linked to the Facebook account where they say they found pornographic pictures of minors. It is not clear why, but officers claim the actual culprit behind the Facebook and email account is the 22-year-old Boy Scout leader.
Upon arriving at the 22-year-old scout leader’s home, they seized a computer and a cell phone. Presumably, authorities believe the information they find on the computer and cell phone will help in the investigation. They arrested the 22 year old at that time.
According to one source, the man is a stand-out contributor to the Boy Scouts of America and is a good student in school. He was even on the dean’s list at a local community college in 2010. He received an award from the Boy Scouts for his “distinguished service to youth.”
The Boy Scout leader is currently in jail awaiting the posting of a $75,000 bond.
Accusations of sex crimes cannot simply be thrown around. These charges and accusations may impact the 22-year-old Missouri man for the rest of his life. In cases like this, it is often wise for individuals to seek legal assistance to help minimize any potential consequences.
Source: Hannibal Courier-Post, “Hannibal Boy Scout standout Ian Burow linked to cyber sex crimes,” Mar. 12, 2012