Former Durham County Boy Scout leader pleads guilty to child sex crimes

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Deputies first arrested John Adams of Bahama in 2014 - alleging he took graphic sexual photos of a girl between the ages of 3 and 4 posing in explicit ways. (WTVD)

A former Boy Scouts of America leader in Durham County pleaded guilty to child sex crimes in court on Wednesday.



Deputies first arrested John Herbert Adams of Bahama back in April 2014 - alleging he took graphic sexual photos of a girl between the ages of 3 and 4 posing in explicit ways.

Back then, he was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, indecent liberties with a child, second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Following a grand jury indictment, he was later charged with first-degree sex offense with a child, indecent liberties with a child, and two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

In 2014, a spokesperson for the Boy Scouts of America said Adams was a leader with a Bahama-area scout troop for at least three years. He was immediately dismissed by the organization upon learning of the accusations.

The Scouts said they conduct background checks and nothing suspicious about Adams turned up.

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