Man facing sex charges was scout leader
DURHAM – John Herbert Adams, a Bahama man arrested last week on child sex-abuse charges, led Boy Scout Troop 439.
Adams, 50, was arrested by the Durham County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after he was accused of taking photographs of a girl who was between age 3 and 4 in explicit poses during the past few years.
John Akerman, Scout executive and chief executive officer of the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said Monday that Adams “was immediately removed from Scouting and has been permanently banned from participating in the Scouting program.”
“Although these events are unrelated to Scouting, along with the rest of the community we are shocked to learn about the allegations against this individual, which run counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands,” Akerman said.
Adams was released from the Durham County Jail after posting $75,000 bond.
In other news:
- Marcus Conyers, 29, of Drew Street in Durham was arrested Sunday and charged in connection with an April 14 incident. Police accused Conyers of firing shots during an argument with an acquaintance on Drew Street. No one was hurt. Conyers was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and discharging a firearm within the city limits. His arrest comes nearly a week after Cortez Hayes, 24, was charged with felony conspiracy in connection with that incident. Conyers was held in the Durham County Jail under $100,000 bond. Hayes was held in the Durham County Jail under $55,080 bond.
- Roland Rhodes, 65, of Edgerton Drive in Durham was arrested Sunday and charged with being a sex offender at or near premises with children and failure to report change of address as a sex offender. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $70,000 bond.
- Latosha Patrice Richardson, 33, of Ridgeway Avenue in Durham was arrested Monday and charged with a school attendance law violation. She was held in the Durham County Jail under $500 bond.
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