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Former Boy Scout worker arrested for having child porn videos, photos

Prosecutors said Russell Ruth, 34, was arrested for allegedly having hundreds of images of child pornography. (Photo: Federal investigators)

Lyons, N.Y. (WHAM) - Federal investigators arrested a Lyons man and charged him with having child pornography.

Prosecutors said Russell Ruth, 34, was arrested after a complaint was sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) by Yahoo! about suspected child pornography files being uploaded to a company server back in March.

Federal investigators were contacted and traced the files to an email address belonging to Ruth.

On June 7, New York State Police executed the search warrant at a home on Ditton Street where Ruth lived in Lyons. Hundreds of images and videos of child pornography involving minor boys was found in a laptop and cell phone.

Court paperwork states Ruth told troopers during an interview that "he is not proud of himself and that he 'always thought there was something wrong with me, it's almost like an addiction.'"

"It's like an addiction to a gross terrible drug. I know it's bad for me and I know it's wrong but I could never help myself," Ruth told police in a written statement.

Federal investigators worked with ICE and Homeland Security Investigations on the case.

Ruth is being held pending a detention hearing on July 11 at 2:30 p.m. He faces up to ten years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

Ruth worked with the Boy Scouts of America in the Ovid, Seneca County area. In 2015, the Mohawk District of the Seneca Waterways Council awarded Ruth the District Award of Merit, which is awarded to a scouter who has made significant contributions and their continuing efforts have progressively benefited our district. This is the highest award a district can present.

Stephen Hoitt, Scout Executive for the Seneca Waterways Council of the Boys Scouts of America, confirmed that the organization has been working with multiple law enforcement agencies for the last few weeks as part of the investigation.

Hoitt called Ruth's behavior "abhorrent" and "counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands." He added that Ruth has been removed from the organization and banned from any future participation.

"There is no evidence of any improprieties happening anywhere within Camp or any Scouting program," Hoitt added in a statement. “Anyone with any information on potential abuse should contact authorities to ensure the safety of our youth, in and out of Scouting.”

Anyone who may have been victimized by Ruth should call the Homeland Security Investigations Office in Buffalo at (716) 464-5949.

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