Former boy scout leader charged with sexual assault
B.C. government conducts its own investigation
A former boy scout leader from Victoria, B.C., is facing three charges relating to the alleged sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy almost 15 years ago.
"A substantial amount of potential evidence was located, including computers and computer data," Victoria police Chief Paul Battershill said Wednesday.
Police allege the sexual assault took place at John Viszlai's home. Viszlai, a senior computer security analyst with the B.C. Ministry of Labour, was a scout leader from 1973 to 2001and has provided computer support to Scouts Canada as a volunteer, police said.
Suzie Mackie, a communications officer with Scouts Canada, told CBC News that Viszlai has not been involved with the organization since 2005 but was arrested at a scouting jamboree on the Sunshine coast just one week ago.
"This individual was not there working for Scouts Canada," Mackie said. "He was brought in through a contractor and he was there to provide computer, technical help and was at the jamboree for two days and would not have interacted with any youth whatsoever."
The 49-year-old has been charged with sexual assault, unlawful confinement and invitation to sexual touching. He was releasedon bail withconditions and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 4.
Viszlai has also been suspended from his jobwithout pay while the B.C. government conducts its own investigation.
"The employee was suspended without pay pending the results of a fact-finding investigation," Lori Wanamaker, the deputylabour minister,told CBC News. "This is standard government practice when someone has been charged with an offence."
Wanamaker said Viszlai's job was to monitor the security of the government's computer network and he's been with the government for about five years.