Former southwestern Indiana Boy Scout leader charged in child porn investigation

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A former southwestern Indiana Boy Scout leader faces federal charges of possessing child pornography—and prosecutors said he kept notes about being attracted to boys he had contact with.

Ryan C. Bieler, 33, Dublin, Ind.,was arrested as part of a two-year investigation into a federal movie company that peddled child pornography across the world.

Court documents said Bieler bought DVDs and downloaded videos on the internet of boys and girls engaging in sex acts.

Bieler formerly served as a senior district executive for the Evansville-based Boy Scouts’ Buffalo Trace Council. A spokesman for the council said Bieler worked in an area that included Pike, Dubois, Spencer and part of Warrick counties. His work was mostly with adults, the spokesman said.

Police searched Bieler’s home on Nov. 8, recovering DVDs and CDs containing inappropriate material involving minors. Investigators also found additional pictures and videos on his computer, prosecutors said.

Bieler admitted to buying and downloading the material, telling investigators he had a sexual interest in underage girls and boys.

Investigators also found written notes in which Bieler described his attraction to boys he interacted with.

The Boy Scouts revoked Bialer’s membership and the council terminated his employment as soon as they learned about the allegations against him, the group said in a statement. Prosecutors said the Boy Scouts are cooperating with federal investigators and working to find out if there are any local victims.