Crime & Courts

Boy Scout camp worker from Cary charged with sexually assaulting underage staffers

Coleman R. Leonard, 19, of the 300 block of Merion Drive, Cary
Coleman R. Leonard, 19, of the 300 block of Merion Drive, Cary

A 19-year-old Cary man was taken to a Wisconsin jail earlier this week on felony charges accusing him of sexually assaulting three underage staff members at the Boy Scout summer camp where they worked.

The reported assaults came to light in July, when a staff member at Camp Napowan, in Mount Morris, Wisconsin, reported that Coleman R. Leonard groped him in a camp dorm weeks earlier, a criminal complaint shows.

Leonard, of the 7800 block of Newbold Road, Cary, is charged in Wisconsin with repeated sexual assault of a child, child enticement, sexual assault and exposing a child to harmful material, court records show.

He faces as many as 40 years in prison in connection with two of the charges – sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child younger than age 16, charging documents show.

It was not clear Wednesday whether Leonard had hired an attorney.

On July 25, a Wisconsin detective with the Waushara County Sheriff's Office responded to the camp at N4790 24th Ave. to investigate several possible sexual assaults.

One staff member told the detective that Leonard kept a written list of all people he had "done things with" at the camp, according to the complaint.

During a police search of Leonard’s room, the detective found a notebook that contained an entry that mentioned sexual interaction with another staff member.

Throughout the investigation, police identified three possible sexual assault victims who each reported unwanted sexual contact with Leonard. Two boys reported that Leonard had groped them, and another alleged victim said the 19-year-old made him perform a sexual act.

Each of the minors reported being 14 or 15 at the time of the alleged assaults, some of which occurred last summer. Coleman would have been 17 to 19 years old during each reported incident.

He acknowledged having sexual contact with two of the boys, but denied any sexual interaction with the third, police said.

Camp Napowan is a partner of the Boy Scouts of America through the organization's Pathway to Adventure Council, which offers Scout camping programs, according to the groups' websites.

"This behavior is abhorrent and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands," a statement from the Pathway to Adventure Council read. "Upon learning of these reports, we took immediate action to remove this individual and prohibit him from any future participation in our programs."

Editor’s note: The address for Coleman R. Leonard has been updated to reflect a change of address notification submitted Aug. 17, according to Wisconsin Circuit Court online records.

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