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Halifax Boy Scout Leader Accused Of Sexual Assault

Posted June 17, 2004 5:31 a.m. EDT

— A Halifax County Health Department worker and longtime Boy Scout leader faces some serious charges.

Police first arrested Charles "Sandy" Boykin in May. They charged him with molesting a 13-year-old boy over a seven-month period, beginning last fall.

"We've charged Mr. Boykin with three counts of child molestation and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor," said Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Greg Lawson.

Since the May arrest, police searched Boykin's home computer and charged him with disseminating pornography. Lawson said the investigation is far from over.

"It's a sensitive and lengthy investigation to make sure nothing else surfaces as far as victims," Lawson said.

Boykin's wife has called the investigation a witch hunt. She said her husband is innocent. Former Scout leader Pete Luter spent many years in the Boy Scouts and he said he hates to see the organization tarnished.

"It's an emotional issue for me. I like the Scouts," he said.

Either way, Luter said it is a sad situation for the Scouts.

"Don't let one bad apple ruin it for everyone else. Is it one bad apple? Of course, that's yet to be proven," he said.

Boykin is out of jail on bond. He is still working at the health department and has another court date in July.