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Local Boy Scout leaders respond to former employee's federal charges

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Ryan Bieler. Source: US Attorney's Office Ryan Bieler. Source: US Attorney's Office

A former boy scout employee is facing federal charges of child exploitation. 

The U.S. Attorney says 33-year-old Ryan Bieler was a customer of an overseas movie production company.

Bieler used to work at the Buffalo Trace Council as a Senior District Executive. The question is, in that position, just how much interaction did he have with the scouts?

"His direct responsibilities were working with adults in the program, not with youth members," said John Harding, the Buffalo Trace Scout leader

However, according to Harding, Bieler did have contact with scouts. 

"He was at events where there was camping and other functions where children were present. But he was not, in his job, in a direct contact role with children," Harding said.

Whether Bieler's contact with local boy scouts was direct or indirect, all families are being notified.

"We are always concerned about our children and we can never do enough because one case of child abuse is too much. We have to do everything we can do eradicate this," Harding said.

For now, Harding says education is the best way to move forward, including these instructional videos, handbooks and other policies like no one-on-one contact between adults and children.

But, it's also about conversation, and as the council continues to notify parents, they're urging them to talk with their kids about what happened.

"One of the biggest points that we need to re-emphasize today is that our families are asked to make sure they're communicating with their children," Harding said.

At this point, Harding tells 14 News there is no evidence that Bieler exploited or abused any children from the Buffalo Trace Council.

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