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Article updated: 11/28/2012 8:52 AM

Ex-Ind. Boy Scout leader faces child porn charges

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By Associated Press

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Federal prosecutors have filed child pornography possession charges against a man who until recently was a top leader with the Boy Scouts in southwestern Indiana.

Prosecutors announced the charges Tuesday against 33-year-old Ryan Bieler of Jasper. Bieler was arrested earlier this month, and the Boy Scouts' Buffalo Trace Council in Evansville says it fired him from his job as a senior district executive once it learned about the allegations.

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Court documents say Bieler bought DVDs and downloaded Internet videos of boys and girls engaging in various sexual activity.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says the Boy Scouts council is cooperating fully with investigators. WFIE-TV reports the scouts group says Bieler has been permanently barred.

A message seeking comment from Bieler's defense attorney wasn't immediately returned.

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