A man charged with pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor was banned from the Boy Scouts in 1995.
James A. Mills was arrested and charged last week after police executed a search warrant at the man’s Gahanna home.
Police said that they received a complaint about Mills, 71. According to the search warrant, males ages 21, 15 and 14 contacted detectives regarding a “possible molestation.”
The warrant stated that the 21-year-old told police he witnesses Mills playing a naked game with a minor. He said that Mills provided money or a place to stay if the subjects took their clothes off.
Police said that the boys who tipped off police to the allegations were runaways and claimed Mills coerced them into having sex.
According to a Boy Scouts volunteer, he served on the Buckeye Council outside of Canton with a man named James Mills who had similar relationships with boys.
Boy Scouts of America officials confirmed that the James Mills arrested in Gahanna last week was the same man who served as a volunteer and was banned for violating the organization’s Youth Protection Policy.
According to the Boy Scouts of America’s current Youth Protection Policy, anyone involved in scouting must report to local authorities any suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused.
Boy Scout officials would not comment if Mills was reported to the police.
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