Scout volunteer held on $50 million bond for pornography involving juveniles; Boy Scouts of America releases statement
LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A 49-year-old Boy Scout volunteer is being held on a massive bond for charges related to pornography involving juveniles.
According to court documents from the Livingston Parish Prison, Randy Miller Jr. was booked Tuesday, Nov. 26. The case is being handled by the Attorney General’s Office.
Miller is charged with 500 counts of possession of child pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13-years-old.
Miller is a registered adult volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, specifically the Istrouma Area Council. It’s unclear at this time which troop he volunteered with. WAFB has reached out to the Istrouma Area Council, who has directed us to speak with the Boy Scouts of America.
The Boy Scouts of America released the following statement Tuesday evening:
“We were shocked and disturbed to learn about the allegations against this individual. These actions are reprehensible and run counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) stands. Upon learning of these claims, we took immediate action to remove this individual and prohibit him from any future participation in our programs.
Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in our Scouting programs – it is our top priority. The Boy Scouts of America has a multi-layered process of safeguards informed by experts, including the following, all of which act as barriers to abuse: a leadership policy that requires at least two youth-protection trained adults be present with youth at all times and bans one-on-one situations where adults would have any interactions alone with children – either in person, online, or via text; a ban on the use of recording devices/cell phones near bathrooms and shower houses; a thorough screening process for adult leaders and staff including criminal background checks, and the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse.
For more information about the BSA’s youth protection policies, please visit: www.scouting.org/youth-safety.”
The FBI, ATF, Livingston and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Offices, Louisiana State Police, and the Office of Homeland Security all assisted the Attorney General’s Office.
WAFB’s Chief Investigator Kiran Chawla is working to get more information. Those details will be added here as soon as they are available.
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