Boy Scout volunteer accused of sex crimes involving children

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A Spring man is accused of multiple sexual crimes involving children.

Ulf Lueders, 41, faces a charge of online solicitation of a minor for an incident that allegedly took place on August 16. According to court documents, Lueders is accused of contacting a teen online in order to have sex.

Additionally, Lueders is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child. The abuse reportedly happened in June 2010, involving a child younger than age 14, according to court documents. Another instance from January 2014 accuses Lueders of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Lueders reportedly was a volunteer with the Boy Scout organization, but they have since severed ties.

The youth organization issued the following statement from Tom Varnell, CEO/Scout Executive, Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America:

"The behavior included in these allegations is abhorrent and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. We were shocked to learn of these allegations and took immediate action to remove this individual and prohibit him from any future participation in our programs.

"The safety and well-being of our youth members is of paramount importance to the BSA, and integral to everything we do. We seek to prevent child abuse through a comprehensive program of education on the subject, the chartered organization leader selection process, criminal background and other checks, policies and procedures to serve as barriers to abuse and the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse.

"The BSA has a dedicated 24-hour 'Scouts First Helpline' (844-726-8871) available to encourage reporting any concerning behaviors or suspected inappropriate activity.

"The BSA offers assistance with counseling to any Scout, former Scout, or the family member of any Scout who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting. Individuals can contact the toll-free helpline (855-295-1531) or email scouthelp@scouting.org for these sensitive matters."


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