Collinsville, IL (KSDK) - A Metro East man has admitted to molesting a juvenile while he was a Boy Scout leader, the Collinsville Police Department said Thursday.
According to Lt. Eric Zaber, a police spokesman, said the juvenile victim and that victim's family contacted police and told them that 53-year-old Jon Demers had sexually abused the victim over a six-year period at Demers' residence and other locations in the bi-state region.
Police arrested Demers at his home without incident on April 5. Zaber said Demers admitted to not only molesting the juvenile victim, but several other children in Collinsville and other jurisdictions.
On Thursday, the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office charged Demers with 12 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He remains jailed at the St. Clair County Jail on $500,000 bond.
Authorities are working to identify and locate other possible victims and prosecute Demers in the appropriate venues, Zaber said.
Meanwhile, Alicia M Lifrak, Scout Executive & CEO of the Lewis & Clark Council for the Boy Scouts of America, released the following statement Thursday night:
Along with the rest of the community, we were saddened to learn about the allegations against this individual. The alleged actions of this individual are not representative of the principles and ideals of the Boy Scouts of America, the Lewis & Clark Council or its members. Abuse is - and has always been - unacceptable, and the Boy Scouts of America extends its sympathies to the victims. Consistent with Scouting policies, upon learning of these allegations, Lewis & Clark Council, Boy Scouts of America immediately revoked this individual's membership and he was removed from Scouting.
Youth protection is of paramount importance to the BSA. Recognizing that youth protection requires sustained vigilance, the BSA continues to develop and enhance efforts to protect youth through clear policies, as well as training and education programs for Scouts, parents and adult volunteers.