Pennsylvania Boy Scout Leader Accused of Sexually Assaulting Three Boys

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CATASAUQUA, Pa. — A Boy Scout leader in Pennsylvania surrendered to authorities on Thursday and is now facing both felony and misdemeanor charges after allegedly sexually assaulting three boys over a period of several years.

Stephen Piller, a scoutmaster with the Minsi Trails Council of Catasauqua, is facing one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and five counts of indecent assault following a months-long investigation by the local district attorney’s office.

Piller has also been terminated from his position with the Boy Scouts.

“The behavior included in these allegations is abhorrent and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands,” Council CEO Craig Poland said in a statement.

“The safety of our youth members is of paramount importance,” he stated, “and we seek to prevent child abuse through a comprehensive program of education on the subject, the chartered organization leader selection process, criminal background and other checks, policies and procedures to serve as barriers to abuse and the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegations or suspicion of abuse.”

According to reports, one of the boys told the county investigator that Piller, now 50, would walk out of the shower naked when the scout visited his home. He said that Piller would also wake him up at camp by rubbing him inappropriately, and that he was touched in wrongful places when play-wrestling.

Another youth said that he likewise had been molested while wrestling, and that Piller would take photos of him at the leader’s house. He also said he was assaulted sometimes at camp.

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A third boy said he was similarly sexually assaulted both at Piller’s home and at camp.

All three claim that the sexual abuse occurred over a period of several years.

Piller denies the charges, and surrendered himself to police this week. He is currently free on $100,000 unsecured bail.

As previously reported, in 2012, as part of a separate case, the Oregon Supreme Court ordered the Boy Scouts of America to release thousands of documents outlining evidence of longstanding and widespread sexual abuse in the organization.

The documents, which the Boy Scouts had fought to keep secret, contained information collected since shortly after its inception in 1910, including letters from victims and their parents, as well as memos and handwritten notes. Some allegations had been substantiated, while others were yet undetermined.

According to the organization, the documents were used internally to keep track of suspect pedophiles, and on many occasions, those that were believed to have had inappropriate relations with boys were expelled.

Yet, reports state, for at least 50 of those incidents, somehow the men reentered and became repeat offenders. According to The Los Angeles Times, in over 125 cases, men continued to molest scouts even after incidents were reported.

Those that have reviewed the files state that they reveal a definite pattern of “grooming” by pedophiles, who sought to befriend the boys before sexually abusing them.


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  • Nedd Kareiva

    The silence of the homosexual left who post here is deafening (could name a couple examples I often see but I’ll be kind and refrain – you know who you are). I’ll bet they privately endorse this perp’s abhorrent unnatural sexual conduct, only to post condemnation to show they don’t. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

    • bwgirl

      During the presidential race, the guys that did the undercover recordings on the PP and the Democrats, also did an undercover on Homosexuals and one of the guys stated, that they had all been sexually abused as children and the other gay guys standing around are agreeing.

      • Paladin Roy

        Apparently that is why they want such abominational teachings taught to the very young.

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        would be nice to see a link to that video ………

    • MamaBearly

      To be honest, no, most homosexuals are not rapists, they prefer men to boys, and they would not agree with anyone who would harm a child, just like we do not agree with it.
      Why exactly do you put homosexuals down when all they are are SINNERS just like you and I.
      You obviously do not actually know a darn thing about what the gay community is about, and just want to put them down to make yourself sound better. You know what they are PEOPLE just like us, They are just sinners and you only have the right to say that. You are discussing them like you are not a Christian and does not care about the human aspect, but ONLY the sin.
      You are not any better than homosexuals in Jesus’ view. At least the gays know how to love others as Jesus commanded. You, on the other hand, will probably go to hell for how you speak of other sinners about things that are things you have no ACTUAL knowledge of.
      Get off your high horse, and be humble like Jesus told us to be. Try posting about how you want to HELP people because criticizing and being rude is the sign of a NON-BELIEVER not a follower of Christ.

      • KP

        Wow, isn’t that exactly what your doing? Even going so far as to say he is going to hell. Seriously? You just don’t get the word hypocrisy do you?

    • Blake Paine

      What is there to say? This leader probably was ‘played with’ the same way as a child. There. is no indication he tried to hide what he was doing or told the children to be quiet about what was done. And this was from years ago, before any change in BSA policy.

      Being in the army I was always amazed what kind of overtly sexual ‘horseplay’ other men in the barracks considered normal. Individuals really have no idea what other people think of as within the range of appropriateness.

      What is obvious is this leader was not following the ‘rule of three’ – no less than two adults alone with even one boy – as required by the scouts policy so that this was continually happen shows a failure in this scout troop in general and probably has been going on for some time.

      No indication the man arrested was gay or received sexual gratification from the interaction yet.

      I’m willing to allow the legal process to work it’s course to find out what actually happened, how about you?

    • Garbage Adams

      What spokesman from the “homosexual left” – whatever THAT means – are you expecting to speak up? You think there’s some global gay movement that’s expected to make a statement?

      NOBODY supports pedophilia. And certainly not homosexuals. I don’t know why people like you keep showing up to talk about homosexuality every time there’s a story here about pedophilia. The two subjects are completely unrelated.

  • InTheChurch

    I think the phrase “I told you so” fits here.

  • Paladin Roy

    How can they charge this guy with a crime when they legalized faggotism in the scouts? Do they not understand such things will happen even more since they except the homosexual abominations?

    I’ve even refused “girl” abomination scout cookies since the changes years ago.

    • james blue

      When did they legalize underage sexual activity and pedophilia?

      • Paladin Roy

        So what’s the difference? Both are depraved acts.

        • james blue

          One is consensual between adults and the other isn’t. The same difference between an adult male engaging in sexual activity with an adult female and an adult male engaging in sexual activity with an underage female

          • Garbage Adams

            “Consenting adults” has to be the single most misunderstood thing around here.

          • james blue

            Explain please, I’m not sure what you are talking about with “misunderstood”

          • Garbage Adams

            You’re right. I should have said NOT understood.

          • james blue

            We all have our moments 🙂

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            YUP …. misunderstood by all those who use it as an excuse …….. for depravity …….

          • Garbage Adams

            Meanwhile the whole laundry list of depraved heterosexual activities all gets the green light, right? I mean do you ever listen to yourself talk…

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nope … false accusation on your part ………… FAIL …………

          • Garbage Adams

            You made the false accusation. You are such a hypocrite when it comes to “depravity” – you’ll give any free pass to the things you consider perverted as long as the couple’s straight (and preferably Christian).

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            so here is the deal ….. HORSE HOCKEY ….. show me where …. my comments are WIDE OPEN ….. QUOTE MINE AWAY …….. i do not care ……….

          • Garbage Adams

            The issue is consenting adults. You said “misunderstood by all those who use it as an excuse for depravity” (annoying and pointless strings of periods removed). Your exact words.

            What you are UNABLE to address is where your word “depravity’ comes in. Because you’re going to try to restrict it to homosexuals.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            it is restricted to NOBODY ……… lie and FAIL ………..

          • Garbage Adams

            Oh I see, so EVERYBODY is “depraved”?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            BTW … i do not “listen” to myself online …. read, reread and proof-read ….. still make mistakes from time to time ….. but no …. do not listen …. except to the tap, tap, tap of the keys ….. LOL! …………..

        • Wesley Willis

          You lack critical thinking skills. I blame your church.

  • james blue

    If he molested underage boys, castrate him with a blowlamp.

  • Reason2012

    As was said: when the homosexual molestation occurs, the boy scout organization needs to be sued for all they’re worth for ENABLING this, the leadership replaced and disgraced for their role in this, and go back to no homosexual men out with the boys.

    • MamaBearly

      You don’t read very well do you. It told us about all the security they go through to allow anyone with questionable background will not have authority with the boys.
      Try putting the blame on the person instead of all people who you THINK are like each other.
      I’ll tell you, I am nothing like you and I follow Jesus. Does that mean I have to become like you to be put into a box to be called a Christian. NO I am not like you.
      Well get it right man, NOT all gays are pedophiles. Stop behaving like you know Jesus wants you to put people down BECAUSE HE WOULD NOT APPROVE OF THAT BEHAVIOUR.
      If you claim to be a Christian why don’t you pick up your cross and follow what Jesus actually told us about how to treat the sinners.
      You are a Christian who thinks you know better than God and think you have authority to decide who is bad and who is good. You don’t know because You can’t know.
      Jesus can. And he also knows every evil thought you have and writes it in your life book.
      Jesus will not ignore direct disobedience to his word, and the way you post, you have no love for anyone but the people you think are real Christians.
      Without love, your evil will not be blotted out with the light from that love.
      Change your ways to being more Christlike before you claim to be a Christian. That is what a Christian is – a reflection of the goodness of Jesus.
      YOU are not a Christ-like person on this board. You have no love for anyone who is a sinner, so you have no love at all, as all of us are sinners, including you!

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        “Try putting the blame on the person instead of all people who you THINK are like each other. ”

        the people to blame …. are the people who allowed this person to be in leadership …. The BSA ……….

        • MamaBearly

          NO they are not. They did their job. If there was no indication of this man being a predator how did you expect them to know? If they did their job, it is NOT their fault.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nope …. they let in the individual who did this …. and they should have just plain known better …. and when i was a scout …. they did ……….

          • MamaBearly

            No when you were a scout, they didn’t have a predator apply for that position.
            Besides, I expect you are old enough to remember that in your youth there was not computers that were connected all over the country. If your scout offices had a pedophile apply at all, they probably did not know about it. Plus, if the children who were preyed on did not report it, or the incident was hidden – which they would have gotten away with back then. You would not have even known about it. They managed that for years in the Catholic Church, so I think the Scouting officials would be able to hid a thing like that before computers were the norm.
            So, yes, because of our wonderful computers being connected all over the States, they CAN check and find out about a person’s history IF there is one that is dangerous. Not all pedophiles are caught the first time they attempt /choose the child to prey on them. That means that the name is not flagged if no one reported the abuse beforehand, and too many people want to protect their family more than they want to stop it from happening to another child, or perhaps they don’t think of it in their grief (you can grieve the baby’s innocence without it passing away).
            Amos, use your intelligence and think about all of the possibilities that could have prevented this from happening but it happened anyways. Doesn’t that say that there was nothing to tell them there was a problem. There is also the fact that the majority of people just expect honesty from people and do not think about the possible consequences when they are face to face with them. So in an interview if the man acted like a “man’s man” so to speak, and was nice looking, dressed well, well spoken, a former scout, credentials and referrals, do you think if nothing was flagged in a National computer system of security checks, they would still know that the man was a predator?
            I thought of something else, Amos, the predator who did this? He must have been a scout to be given a leadership in the organization, right? That means there is at least a Chance, that this predator was made into a predator by HIS scout leader. That is usually how it gets passed around. See how that works now? Can’t stop what you do not know is going to happen.

      • Reason2012

        It told us about all the security they go through to allow anyone with questionable background will not have authority with the boys.

        The security includes those who are dealing with perverted lusts being allowed to be in charge of a bunch of boys shows there’s a serious intentional breach in their “security”. The only thing not Christ-like are those who defend men who are struggling with sexual_perversion to be put in charge of groups of boys. You support making victims of boys (as if you had no knowledge of the rampant homosexual abuse at the hands of homosexual men for DECADES now, even priests, who are given authority over boys), which shows you have no love for the kids but seem intent on helping make sure as many as possible are victimized by molestation. by the very propaganda you help defend: allowing men struggling with anti-God homosexual perversion to be in charge of boys..

        Matthew 18:6-7 “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!”

        Those who reject God would say Christ had no love for those struggling with homosexual perversion.

        • MamaBearly

          I don’t paste one sinners sin onto others unless I have proof that they too sin the same way. I have actually gone out and asked questions and read the scriptures and listen to what God told me when I pray to him for understanding.

          So you think this is an offense to the little one? A harm is done by listening and trying to understand what the child is (possibly) confused themselves. No that’s getting help and letting him find out for himself whether he remains with the same feelings.
          Telling a child that you believe this is a sin, is one thing. Trying to force any behaviour on anyone is not a good idea, but with a forming child you would be doing more harm than being allowed to test the waters of who they are by trying to force them to “behave”.

          You know you have just told me that you do not read my posts. Again.
          Go read my other post please. It explains EXACTLY how you could not be MORE wrong about what I say in my posts.
          I’d wait here but I have to be going to church and will have to wait until late tonight for you to read it and repost a reply that points a finger at me about something that is not true. It was a LIE. If you had read my post you would not have lied to the other people reading the post.
          Look again at what I supported in my post. Look again at my question for you to answer. Look again about how much I do love children and want the best for THEM not for you. If you can’t see that in my post you just can’t interpret what you read. Because it is all there very plainly put so you can understand it.
          I’ll expect a reply by the time I get home from church. 10 or so hours should give you time to read it, and apologize for your mistakes.
          Blessings.

    • KP

      Snowflake alert. I am female.
      Men need to be men again and stand up to the feminization of this country thru feminism, homosexuality, etc. Our culture has been brainwashed by the media to except this as normal. It is pitiful to see modern young men & boys. They are so feminized it is pathetic. They can’t even have their sports now. Or even the military, Businesses, Govt, churches, sports, men please grow a pair. We have to have diversity coaches over everything. This is ridiculous. Anyone who still buys all of this is brainwashed, maybe past the point of no return.

      Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, For what he deserves will be done to him. 12 O My people! Their oppressors are children, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray And confuse the direction of your paths.

      2 Tim 3: They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires.

      • Garbage Adams

        Homosexuality occurs naturally throughout nature. It always has. There are not more or less homosexuals percentage-wise now than there ever were. They don’t groom. They don’t recruit. You cannot turn a straight person into a homosexual or vice versa. Can we please throw away all the stone age stereotypes and misinformation now?

        • Reason2012

          No, we don’t behave like animals as if we’re animals too.

          • Garbage Adams

            I am not comparing behavior. I am comparing natural attraction.

          • Wesley Willis

            But we are animals.

        • MasterSiptah

          You must be a sodomite spewing degenerate propaganda.

          • Garbage Adams

            The only thing I spew is facts and science, buddy. You’re the one pushing hate.

    • MCrow

      Should the same apply to when a pastor sexually assaults members of his congregation?

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        YUP ……………..

        • MCrow

          So if a pastor abuses his flock, we should be able to sue the church for everything they are worth for enabling it?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            YUP … why not ………

      • Reason2012

        Of course – but many false Christians would support that as well, exposing them as wolves in sheep’s clothing.

  • Redboyds

    The goal of the whole “Love is never wrong” movement has always been to make this legal.

    All it takes is 5 members of the SCOTUS rendering a decision, or the stroke of a governor’s pen lowering the age of consent.

    And if you protest, you would be called a “bigot.” You’ll never hear homosexuals say that pedophilia is wrong – only that it’s illegal. They know that can be changed in the blink of an eye.

    • Michael C

      Pedophilia is wrong.

    • Garbage Adams

      “You’ll never hear homosexuals say that pedophilia is wrong”

      I cannot think of a single homosexual who would say they support pedophilia. Shame on you. Maybe try asking them.

      What reason would anyone, heterosexual or homosexual, have to support pedophilia? You know who supports pedophilia? Pedophiles. That’s it.

    • MamaBearly

      Now you have a gay man – Michael C. – that stated that he does not agree with pedophilia! now you can stop saying that you have never heard of a gay that disagrees.
      Mentioning pedophilia as a gay person, it brings the focus on it and merges it with a gay man for too many people. Much like homosexuality makes people focus on the sex, instead of the people. Same reaction. Makes an image that some people just can’t get out of their own minds (sin) so they react by being hateful to the person or people who made them envision it.

      Pedophiles are all about children. Homosexuals prefer adults and they are looking for the same thing we do: someone to love and be with for the rest of their lives.

      I’m guessing, but when people are really negative about the person you are – in this circumstance gay – people tend to shy away from talking to the negative people altogether. TOO many people/Christians seem to think homosexuality is the same as Pedophilia and it has nothing to do with whether they are homosexuals or not, Pedophilia is something that is hated by all who are not pedophiles. It is not something Anyone would support, and no one would tolerate a person being a child abuser. Unless of course they too are a pedophile.
      I know for a fact from discussing it with some gays, that they prefer adult men and want someone to love and spend the rest of their lives with. The same thing we want. Does that make gays or anyone else a pedophile?
      Pedophiles are an abomination. That is my own personal opinion though.

      • KP

        As usual, you don’t know what you are talking about. They groom them when they are young. You can read story after story of 20, 30, 40 yr olds with 14 thru 18 year olds. This is why they wanted the boy scouts. Why do you think they are priests? Look at famous homosexuals and their relationship history. You just keep repeating the propaganda. No not all homosexuals are pedophiles but many pedophiles are also homosexuals.

        • Garbage Adams

          Who “grooms” them? WHO?
          Why on earth do people like you keep trying to compare homosexuality to pedophilia? Don’t you know the statistics? Don’t you know the vast majority of offenders are STRAIGHT (and often married) men?

  • Becky

    Those who commit the act of homosexuality (or pedophilia, bestiality, incest, etc) aren’t mentally sound…it’s why they’re able to commit that act(s). Neither should they ever be allowed to be alone with children, at any capacity, most especially homosexual men and boys.

    • Wesley Willis

      What a disgusting comment. Your worldview is disgusting and immoral (as well as wrong).

  • Garbage Adams

    I have researched it, extensively, and I did so with authentic scientific and medical information, not witch doctors or people with holy books. Your nephew and his uncle were either born that way or it occurred in early life; either way, it was a one way street, just like with any other human being. What they became is the way they would stay. For further information read the pages on homosexuality on the American Psychological Association website

    • MasterSiptah

      More sodomite propaganda intended to instruct the world in loathsome wickedness. What is good is evil and what is evil is good.

      • Garbage Adams

        I don’t instruct anyone. Proselytizing is extremely offensive to me. Anyway, it’s YOU doing that, not me, telling people they’re going to go to hell. I think that’s absolutely disgusting.

        • MasterSiptah

          Oh my. You are so blind that you fail to see the words or lack of words that I typed. Never once mentioned hell or religion or hate. But to be honest, yes, I do hate those who wish to destroy society with their degenerate filth and to call me hateful or nazi or whatever does not shame me. It is you and your kind who are really ashamed. Ashamed of yourselves and hating yourselves because of your wickedness and filth. You destroy yourselves while trying to bring us all down with you. For shame!

          • Garbage Adams

            That is a lot of utter crap you are accusing me of which makes me wonder what you’re talking about. Who is out to destroy society? Is it the people who are asking people like you not to hurt and kill gay people?

  • Wesley Willis

    I almost threw up reading your comment! I can’t even begin to describe how messed up this comment is… I hope you don’t have kids of your own…

  • DrewTwoFish

    You are using the Bible to redefine reality and you talk about unbiased research?