An Ohio Boy Scout troop leader and auxiliary police officer has been accused of raping a 15-year-old boy, according to multiple outlets
An Ohio Boy Scout troop leader and auxiliary police officer has been accused of raping a 15-year-old boy, according to multiple outlets.
Police said Aaron Robertson was arrested on Monday and is suspected in more than 10 rapes, most of them in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, according to CBS News.
Olmsted Falls Police Chief William Traine said the teen boy is the only known alleged victim of Robertson’s, but there could be more, CBS News reports. It is unclear if the boy is involved in the Boy Scouts.
“When something like this happens, it’s devastating — not just to the Boy Scouts, but to the other children, to future children that want to go into the Boy Scouts,” Traine told WOIO, a local news station. “You hear those stories and they don’t go away.”
Robertson volunteered with the Olmsted Falls Police Department for five years, until Traine took his title on Monday, according to WOIO.
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On Tuesday, local Boy Scouts of America executive Marc Ryan released a statement addressing the allegations against Robertson, saying the organization had barred him from the group after learning of his arrest. Ryan also said the Scouts were “cooperating fully” with police during the investigation.
“The safety of our youth members is of paramount importance. The behavior included in these allegations is abhorrent and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands,” Ryan said. “They also remind us of how important it is to always be vigilant when it comes to the safety of our youth.”
In police body camera video obtained by Fox 8, a local news station, Robertson can be seen arriving at the police station on Monday where officers soon surrounded him and arrested him.
The video shows officers asking Robertson, “Have any idea why you’re under arrest, Aaron?” Roberston responds, “I have no clue, sir.”
An officer says, “Aaron, you’re under arrest for rape.” Robertson then can be heard saying, “Oh. Well, that’s not good.”