Wednesday, March 30

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA OFFICIAL PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE

If there is anything honorable in this otherwise dishonorable man, at least this former Boy Scouts of America high-ranking official, Douglas S. Smith, Jr., plead guilty to child pornography charges and did not seek a plea bargain from prosecutors, according to the Associated Press.

Nor did Douglas Smith suggest that he is somehow being persecuted and is the equivalent of well-known public figures who have been vindicated after politically-motivated or vindictive assaults on their beliefs and personal character. Indeed, Mr. Smith has been described as contrite, which is more than can be said for other men who have worked with and been around young boys as trusted adult figures, while harboring stashes of child pornography.

It just goes to prove there's nowhere to run and nowhere to hide for children these days, and adults and adolescents alike must be ever vigilant. It's sad that we must teach our children and grandchildren to be wary, but to do otherwise is to deny the reality that exists. Predators and potential predators lurk in our neighborhoods and even within our noblest, long-standing institutions, and it is just a damn shame that the innocence of childhood has itself now become a liability.