Former Boy Scouts executive charged in child pornography case

Trial date not set yet

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - A former local Boy Scouts executive has been charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, according to a federal prosecutor.

Ryan C. Bieler, 33, of Ireland, Ind., formerly the senior district executive for the Boy Scouts' Buffalo Trace Council, is accused of purchasing child pornography from a company located outside the United States.

In a news release, federal prosecutor Joe Hogsett said that on Nov. 8, law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at Bieler's Dubois County home and reported finding "a number of data storage discs ... including DVDs purchased from the international movie company. Many of these discs allegedly depict minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct."

Prosecutors also report that officers found more child pornography on Bieler's computer. Bieler is alleged to have admitted to downloading and purchasing these materials during an interview with law enforcement, according to the news release.

The criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors also says that Bieler admitted to law enforcement that he had a sexual interest in minor children, with the materials located indicating a strong interest in minor boys.

Investigators also reported locating written material in the defendant’s home in which Bieler describes his physical attraction to particular boys he has had access to and interaction with through his positions with the Boy Scouts of America. Hogsett said the Boy Scouts of America were cooperating "fully" with federal law enforcement in their efforts.

The Boy Scouts Buffalo Trace Council, which is based in Evansville, includes five counties: Warrick, Spencer, Perry, Pike and Dubois.

"These types of cases are troubling, but they are made even more disturbing when the individuals charged are those who occupy positions of trust with our children," Hogsett said. "Today's announcement marks the beginning of our investigation – not the end – and our office will not rest as we seek justice for those who may have been victimized by these alleged acts."

Hogsett said that due to the developing nature of this investigation, and the written materials located within the home, anyone with information about the case should contact the U.S. Postal Inspector at 317-328-2512.

Bieler could face up to 10 years in prison for the count of possession of child pornography, and up to 20 years for the count of receiving child pornography, as well as substantial fines if he is found guilty. Bieler has been detained while he awaits a trial date, which has not been set at this time

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