Former teacher, Scout leader listed in files
The current Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 91 in Harleysville said last week that he was not here in 1982, so he doesn’t have additional information about former Scoutmaster and Souderton Area High School teacher Carl Sieke.
Sieke, who was 36 when he was arrested in 1982 for charges of molesting young boys, was sentenced in 1984 to 3 and a half to 10 years in prison. He was one of those named in what have been dubbed the “perversion files” released last week.
He pleaded guilty to having engaged in sex acts with four pre-teen boys and testified there had been at least 20 boys involved over a period of 15 years, according to newspaper accounts from the time included in the files.
His Boy Scout connections began June 21, 1972, and ended in December of 1982, according to the file. He was also a physics teacher at Souderton Area High School, whose 14 years in that job ended with his resignation after being arrested.
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“Schneegas said that everything the former teacher did involved young boys, as he was a Boy Scout leader, Big Brother and camp counselor. Sieke had the respect and trust of the community and youths of- ten visited his home to play video games, pingpong, camp out in his backyard or view the various reptiles and rodents he kept as pets. Some of the materials FRQfiVFDWHG IURP WKH KRPH show evidence of the use of the snakes in some of the encounters,” reads a portion of one of the articles.
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“I know there are people in Souderton who want to string me up. I don’t blame them a bit. I would probably think the same thing,” he was quoted as saying.
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Without giving details, letters from Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 of 1983 appear to reference further allegations that were not prosecuted.
“It is my understanding, per the district executive serving the area, that no further action has been taken because the involved parents do not want their children to be subjected to the psychological stress that would occur,” reads a portion of the Aug. 31 letter.
“From what you have said, apparently the case has been dropped because of lack of testimony from individuals involved,” the Sept. 7 reply says.
Tim Hollinger, who is now Troop 91’s Scoutmaster, responded to an email request for more information on Sieke by saying he had none.
“I did not come to this particular area until early 2000,” Hollinger wrote.
He also said he did not know of others involved with the troop at that time to contact.
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