Boy Scout Leader Charged with Child Porn Distribution FREE TO GO under NJ Bail Reform

James Roberts, 74

A Master Boy Scout Leader of 40-years was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography is now released and FREE TO GO within hours of arrest.


Sicklerville, NJ – James Roberts, 74, was arrested and charged following the execution of a search warrant at his home. Roberts was charged with the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Roberts was a Master Scout Leader for Boy Scout Troop 132 in Sicklerville, NJ and has been involved with the Boy Scouts for 40 years. Authorities seized numerous digital devices that were sent to the forensic lab to be analyzed.

Within hours of his arrest, Roberts was released and FREE TO GO under the NJ Bail Reform Act after after the Arnold Foundation’s “Pretrial Risk Assessment” tool determined he was not a danger to the community or a flight risk and therefore should not be subject to any accountable release – just a “promise” to appear.

The release is yet another example of the thousands of unaccountable and FREE TO GO pretrial releases of those criminally charged under the NJ Bail Reform Act.



From The Gloucester Township Patch:

Sicklerville Boy Scout Leader Faces Child Porn Charges: Cops

A Boy Scout Troop leader from Sicklerville has been charged with distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Winslow Township Police Chief George Smith.

James Roberts, 74, was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at his home Friday morning, police said. During the search, detectives said they seized numerous digital devices that were taken to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office’s HTCU Forensic Lab to be analyzed. After that, Roberts was charged.

Roberts has been involved in the Boy Scouts for 40 years. He was a Master Scout Leader for Boy Scout Troop 132 in Sicklerville at the time of his arrest, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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