Boy Scout Leader Accused of Sexually Assaulting Boy

A Dixon man accused of sexual assault is behind bars tonight, the worst part is he used to be a boy scout leader.

Authorities say 56 year old Charles Bickerstaff sexually assaulted a 16 year old scout at least four times back in July.

Investigators say the boy reported the incidents and detectives found journals in Bickerstaff's home supporting those accusations.

Bickerstaff retired last year as the District Executive for the Blackhawk Area Council of the Boyscouts.


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  • by Thomas Location: Verizon on May 17, 2007 at 11:34 AM
    The headline says it all. No silly use of the word "alleged" here. 23 News says he's guilty. I'm surprised they haven't dragged him out of jail and hung him "live" on the evening news.
  • by A Concerned Community Member Location: Dixon on May 2, 2007 at 11:47 PM
    Our society is compassionate. Naturally we want to give the most sympathy towards the alleged victims of a crime, of injustice, or of prejudice. Showing concerns for the victims and fighting for their rights make us all of feel good about ourselves. But to be truly compassionate, we must also show fairness and sympathy towards the accused. Many who are accused of committing sexual crimes, especially in conservative rural America, are immediately tried and roundly convicted and condemned in the court of public opinion. Does anyone stop for a second and also think about the accused, his loved ones, and his friends and the challenges they are facing? It’s difficult and expensive to find a good defense lawyer to fight off these charges. Bond is set at the same level for serial rapists and murderers and that unjustly takes away one’s liberty. Our elected judges do not want to show sympathy towards alleged sexual perpetrators for fear of reelection backlash. Our elected prosecutors want to go all out in order to avoid the “soft on crime” accusation. Jurors are human and have their own biases. Even when one is found innocent, his or her life is forever ruined. Nobody needs to defend the accused—that’s his lawyer’s job, as another reader previously alleged. Compassionate people do not take advantage of those who find themselves in dire situations and join the angry crowd and throw in more stones. None of us knows the truth even though we talk as if we did. The prosecutor has a theory; the judge ensures a fair trial; the attorney defends rigorously; and the jury will decide whose story to believe. And I hope the the truth will set him free.
  • by Gale Location: Monroe Center on Apr 30, 2007 at 08:32 PM
    This truely makes me sick, my grandson is a boy scout, in the Blackhawk Area Council, if you can't trust a boy scout leader just who can you trust? These leaders are suppose to be role models for kids, instead this guy needs to be hung by his you know what! Anyone who messes with a child is totally sick, he needs to have a sign hung around his neck to display what he is! I truly hope he gets what he deserves, then he will know how it feels to be helpless. These sex sick people who mess with innocent children make me want to throw up! There is a boy scout law, there has to be two adults with a scout, so that a scout is never alone with one adult, he should know the rules, what happened there?, he is suppose to be the District Executive, ya right. Hang the Creep!!!!
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