Former Durham County Boy Scouts leader faces new charges

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Friday, May 23, 2014
John Herbert Adams (Durham County Sheriff's Office photo)
John Herbert Adams (Durham County Sheriff's Office photo)

DURHAM (WTVD) -- A former Boy Scouts of America leader faces new more-serious sex crime charges.

Deputies first arrested 50-year-old John Herbert Adams, of Blazing Star Lane in Bahama, back in April - 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.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office said Friday that, following a grand jury indictment, Adams is now charged with:

  • First-degree sex offense with a child
  • Indecent liberties with a child
  • Second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor (2 counts)
  • Adams was being held in the Durham County Jail under a $375,000 bond.

    In April, 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.

    Another suspect - 30-year-old Brandy Nicole Barnett is also facing additional charges in the case.

    Her new charges are:

  • First-degree sex offense with a child (2 counts)
  • Indecent liberties with a child (3 counts)
  • Barnett has been in the Durham County Jail since her April 17 arrest and she is now under a $600,000 bond.

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