ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) - A volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America is accused of trying to entice a child to engage in sex.
The United States Attorney's Office charged 50-year-old Michael Engler last week with attempting to persuade, induce, entice and coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity.
St. Louis County police detectives arrested Engler during an undercover investigation, working in conjunction with the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service and the St. Charles County Cybercrime Unit.
Prosecutors said Engler allegedly agreed to meet a person he believed to be a 14-year-old boy to have sex.
According to court documents, Engler told the 14-year-old he was a volunteer with the boyscouts and said "I get to hang out with young shirtless guys and some of them wear speedos under their wet suits."
The investigation remains ongoing to determine ifMichael Engler victimized any kids in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341 or the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department at 636-949-0809.
Christine Dieckmann, a spokesperson for Boy Scouts of America, released the following statement:
"Along with the rest of the community, we were disgusted to learn about the allegations against this individual. The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who may be a victim of this type of reprehensible behavior.
"Upon learning of these allegations this individual was immediately removed from Scouting and has been permanently banned from participating in the Scouting program.
"The BSA seeks to prevent child abuse through a comprehensive program of education, chartered organization leader selection procedures, criminal background and other checks, barriers to abuse and prompt mandatory reporting. Because these allegations are currently under investigation, further questions should be directed to the local authorities."