Wareham Boy Scout leader accused of abusing child
WAREHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -- A local Boy Scout Troop leader was accused in a disturbing crime. Police say the 25-year-old inappropriately touched one of his Scouts.
People that have known the suspect his entire life said they could not believe the charges. Police in Wareham said there have been no past problems with the man.
A former Eagle Scout himself, Joshua Roe, was serving as an assistant scout master. He was arrested on a warrant but Thursday night he was free on bail.
Roe was arrested after the parents of a Boy Scout contacted police.
“The parents reported that their son had been assaulted by the perpetrator,” said Lt. Kevin Walsh of the Wareham Police Department.
Roe is charged with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. The incidents allegedly occurred inside Roe’s home.
“Our detective division conducted the investigation and came up with enough probable cause to place Mr. Roe under arrest,” said Lt. Walsh.
A neighbor who has known Roe since he was an infant said she was in disbelief.
“I’m totally shocked, I cannot believe this about him,” said the neighbor.
She said Roe was an ideal neighbor.
“He’s friendly, he’s a hard worker. You know, he works hard and helps us around here,” said the neighbor.
“My understanding is that the conditions of his release are to have no contact with children and the Boy Scouts of America have taken their own actions,” said Lt. Walsh.
The Boy Scouts of America would not confirm what that action against Roe would be. Roe did post $10,000 cash bail.
Police said they do not believe any other juveniles were involved in this case.
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