Prineville family talks of scoutmaster's alleged abuse
Updated On: Apr 23 2014 02:56:03 PM CDT
A former Prineville Boy Scout leader arrested on sex abuse charges is out on bail, but a family accusing him of child molestation hopes he'll soon again be behind bars.
"He stole my son from me, and our whole family.," Julia Jackman said Monday.
James Allen Wilson, 36 also an IT manager with the city of Prineville, turned himself in to police Friday after he was indicted in Klamath County on multiple counts of sex abuse.
Jackman said her son is now 21, but only recently revealed a dark secret he'd been hiding for a decade. She said she's sharing his story, with his permission, in an effort to save others.
"My fear is if there's others, how many?" Jackman asked. "You expect your child to be safe in an organization like that."
Jackman said Wilson started molesting her son when he was 11 years old and continued the abuse for years as her son was a part of his troop through high school.
"He was involved in things at school, and then all of a sudden he just dropped out," Jackman said. "He would lock himself up in his bedroom for days."
Jackman said she started noticing her son's behavior change early on. She says he changed from a happy, outgoing boy to one who had problems with aggression and depression.
"I never really did like (Wilson)," Jackman said. "There was something off about him, but I thought I was just being an over-protective parent."
She says looking back now, many of the red flags add up.
"Sudden (Boy Scout) outings would pop up that we weren't aware of, and it wasn't properly discussed with us," Jackman said. "I didn't realize that he may not be accompanied with other Scout people."
Jackman said some of the abuse happened on a camping trip in Klamath County -- the place Wilson now will stand before a judge on May 13th.
It's too late to turn back time, but Jackman hopes her story can be a lesson to others.
"If you feel like something is going on, or you're not comfortable with something, then don't let (your children) go. Just because everyone else might be, don't feel like you have to put your child in that situation."
Officials with the Crater Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America sent NewsChannel 21 a statement saying:
"The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who may be a victim of this type of reprehensible behavior.
"The behavior included in these allegations runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Upon learning of these allegations this individual was immediately removed from Scouting and has been permanently banned from participating in the Scouting program."
The statement further reads that the organization now "seeks to prevent child abuse through a comprehensive program of education, chartered organization leader selection procedures, criminal background and other checks, barriers to abuse and prompt mandatory reporting."
Council EO Kevin Patterson declined to provide information on how long Wilson served as a troop leader.
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