Top Stories 2012: Northbridge Scout Leader Faces Child Porn Charges

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Andrew Myers, 34, a Northbridge attorney and former Boy Scout leader, was arrested in August on child pornography charges.
Andrew Myers, 34, a Northbridge attorney and former Boy Scout leader, was arrested in August on child pornography charges. Photo Credit: Deborah Gauthier

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Northbridge residents, especially in the school and Scouting communities, were in shock after the arrest on Aug. 21 of a trusted substitute teacher and Scout leader.

Andrew Myers, 34, of Tracey Drive, was charged in U.S. District Court in Boston with possession of child pornography and use of the Internet to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity.

Myers was indicted Sept. 19 on four counts of using the Internet to entice, persuade, or induce a minor to engage in unlawful sexual conduct and one count of possessing child pornography.

The federal indictment says that between May 7 and 9 and on June 28, Myers sent graphic emails to three minors, proposing to perform sexual acts on them. The minors were known to Myers through his work as a teacher or Boy Scout leader.

An investigation began in Colorado when a woman reported that her 12-year-old son had been communicating via email and Skype with a male who identified himself as 33 years old. In the communications, the man attempted to entice the boy to engage in sexual acts over Skype, according to U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office later identified the man as Myers, and the Northbridge Police Department joined the investigation.

At a hearing Aug. 23, Myers waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was held at the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls, R.I.

Myers, an attorney, had a law office on Church Street. He was a member of the Northbridge School Committee for three years and also served as a substitute teacher for the Northbridge School Department from 2009 to 2011.

Boy Scouts of America severed all ties to Myers after his arrest. He had been involved with scouting since boyhood and earned the highest award in Boy Scouts, the Eagle Award.

If convicted, Myers faces not less than 10 years and up to life in prison on the enticement charge and up to 10 years on the possession of child pornography charge. Both charges carry five years to a lifetime of supervised release.

The Northbridge Daily Voice is reviewing the top news stories of 2012.  

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