Former Boy Scout volunteer convicted of multiple counts of sex abuse

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 6:31 PM

(KMOV.com) – A former Boy Scout volunteer in Collinsville, Illinois was found guilty on 12 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse Thursday.

Jon Demers, 54, was an adult volunteer for Troop 520, which operates in the Signal Hill area in Belleville. Demers was also a merit badge counselor. He is also a retired Lt. Colonel, last stationed at Scott Air Force Base. He was most recently employed as a civilian there.

Police began investigating Demers after a juvenile victim reported the abuse.

The abuse reportedly began in 2005, when the victim was 10-years-old. According to court documents, the abuse continued for six years. The alleged abuse took place at Demers’ home and other locations in Illinois in Missouri.

After he was arrested, police say Demers admitted to sexually molesting multiple children.

Bond was originally set a $1,000,000 for Demers, but Judge John Baricevic reduced the bond to $350,000, and he posted in April of 2011.  

As a condition of bond, Demers was placed on house arrest. 

In August of 2011, more victims came forward against Demers. Following victim reports, Demers faced one count of predatory criminal sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual assault and five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in addition to 12 previous counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges.

Demers was arrested and a total bond of $1 million was set on the new charges.   

On Thursday, jurors deliberated for an hour and a half before finding him guilty. No sentencing has been set.  His bond was revoked and he is being held in the St. Clair County Jail.

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