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Prineville ex-scoutmaster charged with sex abuse

Published On: Apr 18 2014 07:50:39 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 19 2014 12:14:15 PM CDT

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

James Allen Wilson

A 36-year-old Prineville man who spent several years as a Boy Scouts scoutmaster surrendered to Oregon State Police detectives Friday after his indictment on sex abuse charges involving one boy over several years, troopers said. They added that investigators believe there may be other victims.

Arrangements were made for James Allen Wilson to turn himself in at the Deschutes County Jail in Bend after he was indicted by a Klamath County grand jury and an arrest warrant was issued, troopers said.

Jail officers said Wilson was booked on two counts of first-degree sex abuse and four counts of third-degree sex abuse. He later was released after posting 10 percent of his $150,000 bail, they said.

Wilson is due to make an initial court appearance in Klamath County Circuit Court on May 13th at 1:30 p.m., according to a Klamath County jail officer.

OSP detectives said they investigated allegations Wilson sexually abused a male who was a minor at the time of the alleged crimes over a several-year period.

Wilson had been involved with the Boy Scouts organization since his childhood and was a scoutmaster for several years in Prineville, troopers said.

“His association with the organization ended after the investigation started,” OSP said in a news release.

“The OSP Criminal Investigations Division believes there may be other victims and is interested in speaking with anyone who has information related to this investigation,” troopers added.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Mitch Meyer at (541) 633-2225 or e-mail .

Wilson also has been IT manager with the city of Prineville for several years, and was placed on paid administrative leave Friday as soon as the city learned he was being arrested, said City Manager Steve Forrester.

"I've been here five years, and he's been here longer than that," Forrester said Friday evening.

The city also is "in communications with a third-party IT firm to take the appropriate steps to protect the city and the community," Forester added.


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