An assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy on sanctioned retreats, Nassau County police said Friday.
Jonathan Spohrer, 26, of North Bellmore, is charged with second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child. Police said Spohrer sexually abused the boy on multiple occasions from January 2018 through November 2018. The abuse took place at sanctioned retreats and meetings in Huntington, Putnam Valley and Bellmore, police said.
Spohrer was arrested at his home Thursday without incident, officials said.
Joseph Carbone Jr., the attorney for Spohrer, said his client has entered a plea of not guilty.
"He has no prior criminal arrests or contact in his past whatsoever and he denies the allegations as put forth by the government," Carbone said. "We look forward to vigorously defending the case and rely on our faith in the justice system where any defendant is presumed innocent in the eyes of the law."
Spohrer was arraigned Friday in First District Court in Hempstead, where his bail was set at $13,000 bond and $6,500 cash, according to court records. His attorney said Spohrer met the bond and has been released. Spohrer’s next scheduled hearing is Nov. 14.
Detectives ask that anyone who feels they may have been a victim of a similar incident to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS, the Special Victims Squad at 516-573-4022, or to call 911.