NJ Boy Scout Leader Accused of Child Sex Abuse
Updated at 1:44 PM EDT on Friday, Dec 21, 2012
A 45-year-old New Jersey Boy Scout leader has been accused of sexually assaulting two boys in his troop, prosecutors said.
Authorities began investigating Stephen Corcoran, of Morris Plains, after receiving a tip that he sexually assaulted two boys while involved with Boy Scout Troop 173 between 1997 and 1999. Corcoran had been assistant scoutmaster and an Eagle Scouts adviser during those years.
Prosecutors say two former Boy Scouts came forward and alleged they were sexually assaulted by Corcoran in the summer of 1999 while they were members of his troop. The victims told police they were involved in a "threesome" and that Corcoran allegedly sexually penetrated both of them during the incident. One of the victims said the abuse happened multiple times while he was under age 16.
Corcoran was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.
Corcoran was previously arrested in January for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography. He was released on bail in that case.
Published at 1:20 PM EDT on Dec 21, 2012