Boy Scouts Camp Counselor admits to videotaping young boys

Bastrop County, Texas (KXAN) – A  Boy Scout Camp counselor is accused of videotaping staff members and children in the showers at Camp Tom Wooten in Bastrop County.

The Boy Scouts of America announced Tuesday they have fired the counselor, alerted authorities and banned the counselor from being a member of the Boy Scouts in the future. The counselor’s name was also added to a national database.

GOING IN-DEPTH

The Boy Scouts have taken steps over the last several years to make sure safeguards are in place to prevent future abuse cases.

  • Anyone can get the necessary training by signing up on the Boy Scouts site, even if you do not plan on being a volunteer.
  • The scout’s guidelines state all registered adult members of the Boy Scouts of America must have up to date Youth Protection Training.
  • It must be retaken every two years.
  • Volunteers not up to date at the time of a re-charter are not re-registered.
  • Volunteers are required to report any signs of abuse.

“It’s not about just the scouts knowing,” said Boy Scouts spokesperson Charles Mead. “Any youth organization that this individual would try to be a part of, now they’ll be able to know it, too.”

Cory Cason, 24, has worked as a camp counselor at Camp Tom Wooten for eight years between 2006 and 2014. The alleged videotaping occurred during the camp’s June 20-22 session. Investigators say two adult camp staff members were recorded taking showers, and they say Cason admitted to also convincing a pair of young children to bathe in the staff shower where the hidden camera was set up.

Boy Scout officials said the two kids videotaped were staff members’ children.

“He admitted to the whole thing,” said Investigator Vance Weltner. “He admitted to setting it up, and said he destroyed the footage after viewing it each night. We looked at his computers and everything else. I did ask him if there were any other children and if he had ever touched anybody and he said he had not.”

Cason told investigators nothing else happened, but they still have the investigation open in case other victims come forward, or other charges are made.

Cason has no criminal record, according to the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office. Cason is currently not in custody, but investigators say they expect him to be arrested and formally charged by the end of the week.

The Boy Scouts ran a background check on Cason when they initially hired him. That check came back clean. Boy Scouts of America check for felonies and misdemeanor crimes at the local, state and federal levels.

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