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Scout Leader Arrested for Child Ause

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ROANOKE RAPIDS — Neighbors said that he was a quiet man who kept to himself. But police saythe assistant scoutmaster in Halifax County allegedly molested a youngboy.

Lawrence Fahey, 60, faces four counts of taking indecentlibertieswith a minor. According to the search warrant, a young boy claims thatFahey took him to a house last January to work on merit badges. Instead,Fahey allegedly gave the boy alcohol, played pornographic videos, andmolested him.

The arrest has sent a wake-up call to people at the local Rotary Club --the sponsor of Local Troop 144. Tom Lynch, leader of the Rotary Club inRoanoke Rapids, says that volunteers who wish to work in the Boy Scoutprogram will undergo a more thorough screening process.

Community leaders say that this single arrest should not reflect badly onthe Scouts, the parents, or the community.