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FL: Former Boy Scout leader arrested for child porn admitted he molested Scouts

FL: Former Boy Scout leader arrested for child porn admitted he molested Scouts

A former Florida Boy Scout leader arrested on child pornography charges admitted to police that he molested possibly a dozen young boys in his care during camping trips, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Fleetwood Peeples, a Casselberry Boy Scout leaderfrom 1980 to 1982, was arrested on February 14th after Orlando police found over 100 Polaroid pictures of nude children “posed in a lewd and lascivious manner” in a storage unit belonging to Peeples.

After his arrest, 76-year-old Peeples tearfully confessed to police that he molested the campers and forced them to perform sex acts.

According to the Sentinel, authorities were first alerted to Peeples after he slipped and fell inside a storage unit on Jan. 26th at Uncle Bob’s Self Storage in Orlando. Paramedics found Peeples lying in a pool of his own blood. The paramedics became suspicious while transporting Peeples to the hospital, as he seemed unconcerned about his injuries and kept asking about a camera he thought had been left behind at the storage unit.

Orlando police were called to question Peeples from his hospital bed. During the questioning, Peeples admitted that he had been taking digital pictures of the child pornography in his magazines when he fell in the storage unit.

In addition to the pictures of the Scouts, police also found multiple 8-millimeter films, newspaper clippings and more than 100 magazines containing thousands of lewd pictures of children.

The Boy Scouts of America, an organization that has been heavily scrutinized for their mishandling of child sexual abuse allegations, banned Peeples from any future association following his arrest.

Police think his victims, who were 5 to 12 years old at the time of the abuse, could be 30 to 50 years old now.

While no victims have come forward since Peeples’ arrest, it is my hope that those who have suffered in silence for decades now feel empowered enough to come forward and to begin the healing process.

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