Scout leader charged in boy's sex assault

A 39-year-old man who led an outdoor program for Scouts Canada has been charged with the sexual exploitation and assault of a teenage boy in Winnipeg.

A 39-year-old man who led an outdoor program for Scouts Canada has been charged with the sexual exploitation and assault of a teenage boy in Winnipeg.

According to police, a number of sexual offences were committed against the victim by the man, Stuart Garrett Young, between May 2009 and May 2011.

The victim's age was not revealed. However, Scouts Canada said Young was with an outdoor program for kids between the ages of 14 and 17.

Officials said the alleged incidents happened outside of organized activities. They have offered counselling to the victim and his family.

The organization said Young, like all volunteers, underwent security checks every three years, most recently in 2009.

He has volunteered with Scouts Canada for 14 years and has been suspended from the organization.

A search warrant was executed Aug. 11 at a residence near Niakwa Road and St. Anne's Road, in the city's St. Vital neighbourhood, and Young was arrested without incident, police said.

Police spokeswoman Const. Natalie Aitken said the parents of other children in the Scouts organization have been notified.

Young has been released from police custody on a promise to appear in court in October.

With files from The Canadian Press