Two Cortland Men Among Known Sex Predators Identified by Boy Scouts
Documents released from the Boy Scouts of America detailing allegations of sex abuse among scout leaders across the country include three men here in Central New York.
Two Cortland men are among those accused of sex abuse while serving as volunteers with the Scouts.
John Moulton a janitor at Cortland High School was involved with Cortland Troop 11 back in 1972, at some point local scout leaders wrote to scouting officials in New Jersey and questioned Moulton’s participation in the organization, Moulton had been arrested by Cortland City Police in 1970 for a misdemeanor count of sex abuse for having sexual contact with young boys. Moulton was eventually expelled from the local Scout Troop.
Convicted Sex offender Richard Latham formerly of Morning Side Drive, Cortland was tossed out the Scouts in 1972, after he admitted to having sexual contact with boys in Colorado. Latham was sentenced to 18 months of probation for pleading guilty to debauchery of a minor.
Latham is currently serving six years in state prison after admitting in Cortland County Court to sexually abusing two young boys in Cortland in 2010. Latham admitted he threatened his victims and traded rewards for sexual favors. During sentencing prosecutors indicated the former scout leader, volunteer fireman youth football coach and church worker had used his various positions to be around children for many years, they were aware of at least 10 abuse victims, but there were likely more.
James Smith Jr. formerly of Moravia who was a 26 year old Scoutmaster of Groton Troop 77 in 1972, was allowed to remain with the scouts for several years even after admitting that he had sexually abused a 13 year old boy in his troop. Smith was sentenced to five years of probation after he pled guilty to third degree sodomy.
The three records were among 5 thousand sex abuse documents that were released by the Boy Scouts. The records consist of hand written notes, internal communications about proven molesters and unsubstantiated allegations. The Scouts had tried to suppress the records but they were ordered to be released by the Oregon Supreme Court.