For­mer teacher, Scout leader listed in files

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler

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.

“We’ve had no in­di­ca­tions of his al­leged pro­cliv­i­ties and, frankly, it was quite a shock. As far as we knew, he was a rather nice young man,” Wil­liam Maxwell, school su­per­in­ten­dent at the time, was quoted as say­ing in one of the ar­ti­cles LQ WKH fiOHV.

DLDULHV FRQ­fiVFDWHG IURP the home dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion out­lined sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties with young boys go­ing back to 1975, Ed- ward Sch­nee­gas, a Mont­gomery County de­tec­tive, said in one of the ar­ti­cles. Child pornog­ra­phy was also found in Sieke’s home, in­clud­ing some from which lo­cal vic­tims of Sieke were LGHQWL­fiHG, DFFRUGLQJ WR WKH ar­ti­cles.

“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.

Sieke, who had lived on Fourth Street in Soud­er­ton BRURuJK, WHVWL­fiHG DW KLV sen­tenc­ing that he moved to his par­ents’ home in Delaware County af­ter his ar­rest.

“Sieke, a bach­e­lor, tes­ti­fiHG GuULQJ WKH VHQWHQFLQJ hear­ing that his prob­lem be­gan in­sid­i­ously and went out of con­trol be­fore he knew what was hap­pen­ing,” ac­cord­ing to one of the ar­ti­cles.

“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.

He was orig­i­nally ar­rested when two boys, ages 8 and 9, re­ported the in­ci­dents. Charges in­volv­ing WwR RWKHU ERyV LGHQWL­fiHG through the pornog­ra­phy found at his home were later added.

7KH fiOHV QRw EHLQJ PDGH pub­lic are part of a wide­spread pat­tern that kept al­le­ga­tions of child mo­lesta­tion in the dark and shielded mo­lesters, crit­ics say.

The ini­tial en­try re­gard­ing Sieke in the Boy Scout fiOHV LV GDWHG DHF. 14, 1982, and in­cludes news­pa­per re­ports on his ar­rest.

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.

Soud­er­ton po­lice Chief James Leary said the deSDUWPHQW’V fiOHV LQvROv­ing the Sieke case would have been de­stroyed. In PRVW FDVHV, WKH fiOHV DUH GHstroyed af­ter seven years, he said.

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