Details released in ex-Boy Scout leader's child porn charges case

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CASSELBERRY, Fla. - More details were released Friday on the investigation into a Casselberry resident and former Boy Scouts of America leader accused of having child pornography. 

Police said Fleetwood Peeples Jr. admitted to having pornographic images and to molesting about a dozen boys during camping trips.

The allegations date back to at least 1980, which is why that evidence alone will not be enough to keep Peeples locked up, police said.

Detectives said that during Peeples' two-year stint as a scout leader in the early '80s, he admitted to molesting young boys in his Cub Scout and Boy Scout troop.

Records show Peeples told investigators he would have boys remove their clothing while he fondled them, and then make the scouts fondle him.

"Even with his own admissions, he can't be tried," said WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer.

Sheaffer said because the alleged molestation is three decades old, the statute of limitations has expired.

"Doesn't matter how strong the case is.  Doesn't matter whether he confessed or not," Sheaffer said. 

Peeples was arrested a week ago when police said they found thousands of child porn images in his storage shed.

Boy Scouts of America declined to comment, except for this statement: "Along with the rest of community we were shocked and saddened to learn about the allegations against this individual. The behavior included in these allegations runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. This individual is not currently a member but was many decades ago. Because we take the safety of our youth members seriously, we took immediate action to permanently ban this individual from participating in our program in the future. Our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who may be a victim of this type of behavior. Nothing is more important to us than providing the safest environment possible for our youth members. The BSA has a comprehensive youth protection program which includes education, chartered organization leader selection procedures, criminal background and other checks, barriers to abuse and prompt mandatory reporting. Because this is an ongoing investigation, please contact local authorities for additional information."

Peeples is not currently a scout member, and he is permanently banned from future Boy Scout participation.

Even though the statute of limitations has run out on the molestation charges, Peeples will not be walking out of jail anytime soon.