Former Garden City Boy Scout leader pleads guilty to child porn

A former Garden City Boy Scout leader pleaded guilty Thursday to making images of child pornography available over the Internet, the Nassau County district attorney's office said.

Edward Orenchuk III, 23, is expected to be sentenced to 6 months in jail and 10 years of probation in exchange for pleading guilty to the top count, promoting a sexual performance by a child as a sexually motivated felony, District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a news release.

He will have to register as a sex offender after his June 6 sentencing.


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In August and September, investigators from Rice's office found images of children as young as 5 being made available on the Internet, Rice said.

They traced the images to Orenchuk's home, and during a search of his property in December, he told investigators that he had hundreds of images on his personal computer, the release said.

In a Dec. 12 statement to police, Orenchuk said he knew it was wrong for him to capture images of children engaging in sex with adults off the Internet and transfer them to his computer.

He promised to never do it again, writing in his police statement: "I can now only seek forgiveness from . . . [God], do my penance and hope for forgiveness."

At the time of his arrest, Orenchuk worked as a page at the Garden City Public Library and served as an assistant scout master with Boy Scout troop No. 243 in Garden City. A scout official said then that his membership in the organization had been revoked.

"To have these images and put them on the Internet is terrible enough, but for this man to also have access to young children at work and as a volunteer makes this crime that much more disturbing," Rice said.

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