Boy Scouts safety director released from prison

Prison Sees Release Of Former Boy Scouts Safety Director

Remember when the Boy Scouts were an innocent group that supported fun and responsibility among boys? A lot has changed in the recent years. The Boy Scouts of America have been known to harbor pedophiles and other undesirables and have taken a firm stance against the gay community in spite of public outcry. But one man stands apart from the crowd.

Douglas Sovereign Smith Jr., former national director for youth protection, was released from prison last week after nearly seven years. He was in charge of Scout safety in 2005 when police had discovered a collection of child pornography and videos on his home computer.

Smith reenters public life at a time when the Scouts are being watched like a hawk over their past handling of alleged child sex abuse among the leaders. According to Regator, none of Smith’s collected images were of Scouts, and he was never accused of molesting children, but it was an indication that he supported such things.

Patrick Boyle, author of “Scout’s Honor: Sexual Abuse in America’s Most Trusted Institution,” stated:

“It certainly shows that the people supervising him didn’t have their eyes wide open.”

An Eagle Scout who for 39 years rose through the ranks as a BSA employee, Smith is now a registered sex offender and must report to a probation officer for life. The 69-year-old grandfather can’t be given access to the Internet or possess a smartphone or any device capable of capturing images.

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