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Triangle Boy Scouts leader indicted on child porn charge

Posted February 10, 2015
Updated February 11, 2015

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— A former Boy Scouts leader from Chapel Hill has been indicted on a charge of receiving child pornography, authorities said Tuesday.

Brian Joseph Burnham, 36, was arrested last week at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on a federal warrant. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received an online tip in November that led to the investigation.

According to court documents, Burnham “knowingly received” child pornography from January 2009 through November 2014. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Durham.

John Akerman, executive with the Occonneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Raleigh, said Tuesday that Burnham has been dismissed from the scouting program.

“The behavior included in these allegations runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands,” Akerman said in a statement.

He said the scouts are cooperating with the investigation.

“The safety of our youth members is of paramount importance and we seek to prevent child abuse through a comprehensive program of education on the subject, a 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 allegation or suspicion of abuse,” Akerman said.

Authorities also said Burnham was a baseball coach, but they did not specify where and when he coached.

Locke T. Clifford, Burnham's attorney, released the following statement: "Mr. Burnham is devastated by the charges but is even more concerned about any adverse consequences to the Boy Scouts."

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  • Ijaz Fahted Feb 11, 2015
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    Jason just likes to make ignorant inflammatory commentary. His bias against the LGBT community has always been an issue for him.

  • Doug Hanthorn Feb 11, 2015
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    You really need to explain your remarks. Otherwise, readers might think you are somehow tying Chapel Hill to homosexuals and homosexuals to child porn consumers. We wouldn't want that now would we?

  • Doug Hanthorn Feb 11, 2015
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    Nothing in this article even hints that this guy is gay. So why would a leader caught with child porn have anything to do with allowing gay boys or gay leaders into the Scouts?

  • Matt Price Feb 11, 2015
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    That is Odd - they have nothing about the Wake County Teachers Assistant molesting kids - but a Boy Scout Leader who gets porn shipped in is a winner.

    Very balanced.

  • Ijaz Fahted Feb 11, 2015
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    Why is it "not surprising that it would occur in Chapel Hill"? Crimes happen everywhere, nowhere is immune.

  • Lester Oliver Feb 11, 2015
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    Uh, Nowhere in the article does it say the man had "gay" porn. You DO realize don't you that the overwhelming majority of kiddie porn collectors are hetero dudes? Allowing gay kids to join the scouts didn't cause this. The only "gay agenda" gay folks have is to be treated as equal citizens. Thankfully the courts deal with personal bigotry from people who try to deny them.

  • Jason Conaway Feb 11, 2015
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    Bad enough bsa gave in to the gay agenda. This is why they wont allow gay leaders.

  • Ginger Lynn Feb 10, 2015
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    What is wrong with these people?

  • David Davis Feb 10, 2015
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    Sad, very sad and stupid on his behalf.