Scout leader sentenced for sexual exploitation

A local Scout leader who pled guilty to sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man was sentenced to 18 months in prison and received a two-year term of probation in Vancouver provincial court last Thursday.

Crown counsel Jim Cryder told The Richmond Review Wednesday that Eddie Au, 36, will not serve any more time in jail because he’s spent about nine months in pre-trial custody after breaching the conditions of his bail in May of last year.

Vancouver Police began investigating Au after a 16-year-old boy complained to his parents about the physical demands of a Scouts Canada program. The teenager eventually told police that between December of 2007 and March of 2008, he and Au had sexual contact on four occasions.

Police then issued a press release about the incidents, which prompted another victim to step forward.

The second victim told investigators that between September of 2004 and March 30 of 2005, Au masturbated him on several occasions, according to an agreed upon statement of facts presented to a Vancouver provincial court judge.

At the time of the original allegations, Au was living in Richmond, but he has since moved to Burnaby, where he’s required to live with his parents, Cryder said.

Au deceived each of the victims by fraudulently concocting a Scouts Canada/Canadian Forces program which required them to participate in demanding physical testing in the presence of Au alone.

Despite Scouts Canada policies prohibiting one-on-one contact between Scout leaders and Scouts, that’s precisely what happened at a Scouts Canada facility in Vancouver.

During his two years of probation, Au is barred from being in contact with anyone under the age of 18 except in the presence of that person’s parent or guardian. He’s also been ordered by the courts to submit a sample of his DNA for a federal database.

The judge took into account Au had no criminal record, and the fact he spared the victims from having to testify, Cryder said.

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