Ex-scout leader pleads guilty to 3 sex charges in Moncton

A former Riverview scout leader has pleaded guilty to three sex-related charges dating back to the 1960s.

David Wolfe, 68, to be sentenced in January

A former Riverview scout leader has pleaded guilty to three sex-related charges dating back to the 1960s.

David Wolfe, 68, who now lives in Halifax, made a brief court appearance in Moncton court on Tuesday.

Wolfe pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault.

The Crown dropped two other charges against him.

There are three victims — all young males at the time of the assaults.

The incidents happened between January of 1964 and June of 1967.

Wolfe will be back in court for sentencing on Jan. 6.

The charges came after the first victim went public with his story.

Richard Dutkiewicz said he was repeatedly assaulted by Wolfe in the mid-1960s, when Wolfe was an assistant scout master.

But he only went to police in 2011, after he saw an investigative series by CBC News on sexual abuse within Scouts Canada.

Dutkiewicz told CBC News the abuse cost him his 27-year marriage and strained his relationship with his three children.

"Back then, the thing that struck me horribly was that people who were molested usually ended up molesting their own kids," he said. "I kept them at a distance."

Wolfe had also been charged with using threats to keep a person from reporting a crime in connection with allegations by a second male complainant.

The third victim came forward in January, after the other charges against Wolfe became public. Wolfe had been charged with committing an indecent assault and committing an act of gross indecency between May and June of 1967 in connection with the third victim.

In December 2011, Scouts Canada issued a blanket apology to any former scouts who were sexually abused by its volunteer leaders.

The youth organization also announced it had hired an outside company to review its past records and appointed an expert panel to examine whether its current child protection policies are working.

The announcement came nearly two months after an investigation by CBC-TV's the fifth estate found that Scouts Canada kept a "confidential list" of pedophiles barred from the organization and had also signed confidentiality agreements with child sex abuse victims.

The investigation revealed that scout leaders abused about 340 children from the 1940s until present.