BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- A former Boy Scout volunteer from southwestern Illinois has begun serving a six-year prison sentence for sexually molesting boys in his family.
Fifty-five-year-old Jon Demers, of Collinsville, was convicted last month in St. Clair County Circuit Court of 12 counts of criminal sexual abuse of a child.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Demers entered the Menard Correctional Center on Thursday to begin his prison term.
Demers was a Belleville Boy Scout troop committee member and merit badge counselor.
He was also a civilian employee of Scott Air Force Base.
The children Demers abused are relatives of his and are now between 11 and 17 years old.