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Former scout leader guilty of child pornography charges

May 8, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former Boy Scouts leader in western New York has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, including images of prepubescent children.

Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Russell Ruth of Lyons pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci in Buffalo. Ruth faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Aug. 7.

Ruth was arrested last June after Yahoo reported to authorities that he had uploaded child pornography files. Federal investigators searched his home and found more than 10,000 images and 600 videos of child pornography, including violent images.

Ruth was a longtime Boy Scout leader and worked as crafts director at a scout camp in Ovid, Seneca County.