EX-SCOUT LEADER AC­CUSED IN CHILD PORN

Marc Turner charged with pro­mo­tion of child pornog­ra­phy.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Li­nan and Katie Hall ali­nan@states­man.com khall@states­man.com

A 52-year-old Austin man who pre­vi­ously su­per­vised an Austin Boy Scout troop is sus­pected of own­ing and cre­at­ing child pornog­ra­phy, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit from the Austin Po­lice Depart­ment.

Marc Turner was ar­rested and booked into the Travis County Jail on Mon­day. He is charged with pro­mo­tion of child pornog­ra­phy, jail records show.

Turner had been un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by a com­pany he worked for in Round Rock since au­thor­i­ties found child pornog­ra­phy on his com­puter dur­ing a net­work search last month, the af­fi­davit said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found im­ages and videos of an ex­posed child on a brick walk­way on two stor­age de­vices con­nected to Turner’s com­puter, and po­lice be­lieve it is the same walk­way at Turner’s home in the 6000 block of Caris­brooke Lane, the doc­u­ment says. Po­lice also found pho­tos they sus­pect to be a porno­graphic im­age of a “pre­pubescent child” in what ap­pears to be Turner’s bed, the af­fi­davit says.

Turner also owned a photo of a man sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a pre­pubescent child, and glasses that look sim­i­lar to Turner’s are in the photo, the af­fi­davit says. Po­lice also found a thumb drive in Turner’s pants pocket that con­tained covertly recorded videos of chil­dren us­ing the bath­room, the af­fi­davit says. The videos ap­pear to be taken in­side the bath­room at Turner’s home.

Turner was a scout­mas­ter for an Austin Boy Scout troop from 2012 to 2014, said Charles Mead,

lo­cal spokesman for Boy Scouts of Amer­ica. Turner had been a reg­is­tered vol­un­teer for that troop since 2006.

A re­sume on LinkedIn. com for an Austin man named Marc Turner, who is listed as be­ing a scout­mas­ter through 2014 for 11- to 13-year-old boys, says he is a prin­ci­pal en­gi­neer at Emer­son Au­to­ma­tion So­lu­tions. That com­pany couldn’t be reached Fri­day.

The Round Rock com­pany Turner worked for was not named in the af­fi­davit, but the doc­u­ment men­tioned he was a prin­ci­pal en­gi­neer for an au­to­ma­tion so­lu­tions com­pany.

The re­sume also men­tions that he is a vol­un­teer pho­tog­ra­pher for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a com­pany that pro­vides “re­mem­brance pho­tog­ra­phy at re­quest of par­ents who had lost or were los­ing an in­fant.” The re­sume says Turner “was on-call sev­eral days a month with Austin area hos­pi­tals, and pro­vided free ser­vices for about 20 fam­i­lies.”

Turner will be placed on a list that pro­hibits him from vol­un­teer­ing with Boy Scouts of Amer­ica in the fu­ture, Mead said. Boy Scout of­fi­cials are work­ing to no­tify the Austin troop Turner was in­volved with about his ar­rest.

“We ob­vi­ously hope this is not the case, but were it to come to light that there was a Scout who was in­volved in this man’s crimes, then we ab­so­lutely want to make sure the sup­port is there for that young per­son, that au­thor­i­ties are in­formed and that any coun­sel­ing re­sources are made avail­able,” Mead said.

Un­til they con­tact the troop, the troop won’t be pub­licly named, Mead said.

Au­thor­i­ties in Mis­souri were ini­tially no­ti­fied about ques­tion­able con­tent on Turner’s com­puter be­cause his com­pany’s “in­sider threat de­tec­tion plat­form” flagged a file on his com­puter, the af­fi­davit says.

When in­ter­viewed by po­lice, Turner ad­mit­ted to hav­ing a sex and pornog­ra­phy ad­dic­tion, the af­fi­davit said.

He is be­ing held in Travis County Jail on a $500,000 bail. Pro­mo­tion of child pornog­ra­phy is a sec­ond-de­gree felony pun­ish­able by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Con­tact Ali Li­nan at 512-445-3931. Con­tact Katie Hall at 512-445-3707.

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