A registered sex offender is attending one local troop's girl scout meetings and that concerns other parents in the group. But does the fact that the offender's daughter is one of those girl scouts mean he has a right to attend those meetings, like any other parent?
You may remember Keith Maynard from 2009. The former East Ridge Police Officer was convicted of the statutory rape of a 15-year-old that he met through a girl scout program. Less than 5 years later, a parent called us after he saw Maynard at several of his daughter's girl scout meetings. Richard Cox tells us "there is a child predator going to my daughter's girl scout meetings. He has a daughter who is a member of my daughter's troop and I don't see how he can be allowed to be around other children."
After realizing who Maynard was, Cox says he contacted Maynard's probation officer. Cox tells us the officer took the issue before a judge. "A judge in Catoosa County signed off on him to be around other children with no restrictions at all I cannot believe a judge in their right mind would allow a sex offender to be around children... especially a scout."
Cox says after getting no help through the courts, he reached out to the troop leader. "We went to the troop leader about it. She told us that she knew about the situation and not to say anything about it to the other parents because he is a family friend."
Our crew contacted troop leader Cecily Treece. When she realized why we were calling, she declined to comment. Although she wasn't willing to talk, the Girl Scouts of the USA handbook is clear about the issue. On their website it states:
"Registered sex offenders are not eligible for membership in Girl Scouts of the USA and may not participate in any capacity with Girl Scout programs. Volunteers shall not knowingly hold meetings or associate with Girl Scout members with a registered sex offender present."
"I want him to stay away from other children. Who's to say that it couldn't happen again. I'm all for giving people second chances, but when it comes to children that's where I draw the line," adds Cox.
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