Police in Muncie have arrested a Boy Scouts volunteer for allegedly “grooming” a 15-year-old Boy Scout for sexual abuse. 21-year-old James Colter was arrested on Tuesday, December 11 after a police investigation. The Muncie Police Department believes that Colter groomed the victim by giving him special responsibilities in the organization.
According to a report by Fox 59, Colter and the victim met at a Boy Scouts event. Colter then began “grooming” the victim, which is a common tactic involving sexual predators taking special interests in their victims and gaining their trust before committing sexual abuse.
Colter has been charged with five counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, child seduction, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He has been terminated from his volunteer position with the Boy Scouts of America.
With a background as a sex crimes prosecutor, attorney contributor Jeff Gibson now represents victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to discuss the legal options available to victims of sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts of America organization:
In recent years, the Boy Scouts of America have been in the midst of a sexual abuse scandal. According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal on December 12, the organization is reportedly considering filing for bankruptcy protection because of the high number of child sexual abuse lawsuits they currently face. Many victims allege that the organization was negligent in their failure to protect scouts from predatory scout leaders and volunteers.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused as a Boy Scout, we understand the pain your family is enduring in this difficult time. If you’d like to learn more about your legal options, consider speaking to one of our experienced child sexual abuse lawyers.