NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A Boy Scout and student from Hoggard High School was charged at the end of March with several sex offenses with minors in connection to incidents that happened at Carolina Beach State Park.
According to search warrants, detectives were called to respond to the park during a camping trip when parents called to report sexual exploitation of a minor. They said three people had been forced to engage in oral sex with 17-year-old Timothy Shaw.
The search warrants show a parent found Shaw's phone in a sleeping bag and saw that it had sexually explicit photos and text messages on it.
The parent explained to authorities his son said Shaw made him and another perform oral sex during the trip.
Detectives obtained a search warrant to look at Shaw's cell phone and found pictures or videos of the boys' private parts as well as images of the boys participating in sexual activity with the intent to share.
According to the search warrant, Shaw admitted to authorities he had the pictures on his cell phone and confessed to engaging in the reported sexual acts with the juveniles.
Shaw was charged with nine counts of felony first degree sex offense of a child and disseminating obscenity materials, amongst other charges.
While many of the offenses center around the March 21-23 weekend, magistrate's orders confirm some sexual encounters happened as early as February 19.
According to Scout Executive Doug Clevinger, authorities were notified immediately when they learned of the allegations and Shaw was removed from participating in the Scouting program.
"The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable and unacceptable," said Clevinger. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who may be a victim of this type of behavior. The behavior included in these allegations runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands."
According to Clevinger, the Scouts are following procedures in place to communicate with parents and members to assist with any needs.
"The Boy Scouts of America seeks to prevent inappropriate activity through a comprehensive program of education and awareness which focuses on teaching scouts how to recognize, resist and report any inappropriate activity," explained Clevinger, who added the organization will continue to work with the DA's office and assist in any way they can with this case.