A now-former Boy Scouts leader has been arrested on charges connected to the repeated sexual abuse of a Springfield teenager.
Scott Wortman, 37, has been charged with 17 counts in connected with the incidents that took place in 2012 and 2013.
According to the probable cause statement, Wortman allegedly began grooming the victim in May of 2012 with the physical abuse beginning that summer. Wortman threatened to tell people about the sex acts or other retaliation if the victim did not submit to Wortman’s demands.
The victim contacted the Springfield police department earlier this year about the incidents and contacted Wortman on Monday for a conversation where Wortman admitted the incidents taking place.
Wortman denied all of the allegations to a police investigator when questioned on Tuesday.
Wortman remains in the Greene County Jail on $150,000 bond.
John Feick, Scout Executive and CEO of the Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, stated they have prohibited Workman from any Scouting activity or event and posted the following on Facebook:
The behavior in these allegations is reprehensible and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Nothing is more important than protecting the youth in our programs – it is our top priority. Please be assured that we act swiftly when alerted to abuse allegations, which is why we mandate prompt reporting of any suspicion of abuse to authorities, regardless of state or local requirements.
We are cooperating with law enforcement as they continue to investigate this matter. If you have any questions or concerns you wish to share with law enforcement, please contact the Springfield Police Department, Detective Chelsea Taylor at phone 417-864-1712.
These allegations remind us how important it is to always be vigilant when it comes to the safety of our youth and the importance of talking with our kids about the subject of youth protection. Keeping an open dialogue with your children—no matter what their age—is a vital part of keeping them safe. Again, we encourage you to speak with your children regarding any potential concerns they may have about their interactions with Scott Wortman.