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Boy Scout leader indicted on child pornography charges

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Scott Allan Herrick, 39, of Twin Lakes, Mich., was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on charges that he sexually exploited children following a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI.

The indictment alleges that on four occasions Herrick surreptitiously videotaped boys as they were dressing in the boys' locker room in the YMCA in Muskegon, Mich. Herrick was also charged with two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

Herrick is scheduled to appear for his arraignment on July 27, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge. Each count of attempting to produce child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of fifteen years' incarceration and a maximum penalty of thirty years' incarceration. Herrick faces incarceration of five to twenty years for each act of distribution. A conviction for possession of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of ten years' incarceration. In total, Herrick could face up to 170 years of imprisonment, lifetime supervised release, fines of $1,750,000, and an order of restitution.

Herrick was the camp director for Gerber Boy Scout Camp in Twin Lakes. Herrick also worked as a pool safety instructor for third grade boys at the YMCA in Muskegon. Herrick was trading child pornography and was discovered during a series of undercover FBI operations. On July 1, 2010, FBI and ICE special agents executed a search warrant on the Gerber Boy Scout Camp and discovered evidence of child pornography. Herrick was arrested on July 8, 2010.

This investigation is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers. ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.