12-07-2004, 09:39 AM #1Former Member
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Boy Scout Leader Faces Pornography Charges
Last night, 54 year old Charles Edwin Helland was arrested at his home on a Grand Jury Indictment charging him with 20 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. He was lodged in the Minnehaha County Jail, and is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.
Helland's arrest is a result of an investigation conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a multi-agency task force consisting of investigators from the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, State Division of Criminal Investigation, and Sioux Falls Police Department.
Helland is the Scoutmaster of Troop 48 of the Boy Scouts of America in Sioux Falls . He has been a Scout Leader for eight years. In addition to illegal child pornography seized in this case, investigators also discovered sexually erotic cartoon drawings (which are not illegal) that depicted young boys in scout uniforms.
At this early stage of the investigation, the illegal pornography seized appears to have been taken off of the internet. At this time, there is no indication that the defendant has been involved in any sexual contact with children.