LI Boy Scouts leader charged with child porn

Boy Scout leader Edward Orenchuk III, 23, was

Boy Scout leader Edward Orenchuk III, 23, was arrested Wednesday at his Garden City home on felony child pornography charges including three counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child and three counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child, prosecutors said. (Dec. 12, 2012) (Credit: NCPD / District Attorney's Office)

A Garden City Boy Scouts leader in custody on felony child pornography charges was to be held overnight for arraignment Thursday, Nassau County prosecutors said.

Edward Orenchuk III, 23, was arrested Wednesday at his Wheeler Avenue home and charged with three counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child and three counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child, prosecutors said.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead. If convicted, he faces up to 7 years in prison.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said that between August and September, investigators from her office "observed Orenchuk making multiple images of child pornography available over the Internet for download by other people," according to a news release.

Investigators tracked the source of those images to Orenchuk's home, the release said. Orenchuk implicated himself during the execution of a search warrant at his home, indicating that he had hundreds of images on his personal computer, prosecutors said.

Orenchuk is employed as a page at the Garden City Public Library. He also is an Eagle Scout who serves as an assistant scout master with Boy Scouts Troop 243 in Garden City, prosecutors said.

"This defendant's regular contact with children in a position of authority makes these charges that much more disturbing," Rice said in the release.

Garden City Library director Carolyn Voegler said she was unaware of the charges until she read the press reports Wednesday. She said Orenchuk has been taken off the library's work schedule.

Troop leaders at Boy Scouts Troop 243 in Garden City could not immediately be reached for comment.

With Ann Givens

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