Molestation allegations made against B.C. scout leader
Michael David Henley already pleaded gulity to 7 molestation-related charges
An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Boy Scout leader after two more men came forward alleging they were molested in the 1970s in Lillooet, B.C., CBC News has learned.
Michael David Henley, 61, is wanted on two counts of indecent assault between 1976 and 1978. The alleged victims’ names are banned from publication.
Police say Henley’s current whereabouts are unknown.
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One of the men, identified in the arrest warrant only as S.U., told CBC News that Henley molested him on a scout camping trip in 1978.
"What is their motto? 'Be prepared,' right? Well, how are you supposed to be prepared for a pervert who rapes you?," S.U. said.
Henley pleaded guilty to one molestation-related charge in 1994, and to six more counts in 1999. He was sentenced to probation after both trials and did not serve jail time for any of the offences.
In 2011, CBC News sought court permission to lift a publication ban when one of Henley’s victims said he wanted to speak out and was willing to be publicly identified.
The man, Christopher Jones, had been nine years old at the time of the offences and too afraid to tell anyone close to him that Henley was abusing him.
"He used his manipulation of being a scout leader and a teacher to get access to what pedophiles want access to," Jones said last February.
Henley had pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting Jones, and later six more male students in another community.
CBC tracked down Henley in 2011 to a Burnaby apartment building and asked him about his criminal past.
"It was all historical. The lawsuits were historical. It was all historical," Henley told reporter Natalie Clancy through his partly opened apartment door.
With files from the CBC's Natalie Clancy