PORTLAND, Maine — The head of central and southern Maine’s Boy Scouts of America organization has been placed on leave, officials said Friday.
Anthony M. Rogers, executive for the Pine Tree Council, was placed on indefinite administrative leave on Jan. 9, according to Matt Randall, field director for the Pine Tree Council.
Neither Randall nor national Boy Scouts of America officials would say why Rogers was put on administrative leave. Council Executive Board President Horace Horton issued a statement Friday afternoon declining to comment and saying it was a personnel matter.
Anonymous sources told the Sun Journal that Rogers’ son, who is registered on the Maine Sex Offender Registry, had attended a Scouting event with his father.
The Pine Tree Council is one of two large Scouting organizations in Maine. It manages districts in York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Oxford, Franklin, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, Kennebec and Somerset counties. The northern part of Maine is managed by the Katahdin Area Council.
Rogers has been an executive with the Pine Tree Council since September 2007. He came to Maine from Scranton, Pa., after serving in a similar position with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council.
Portland lawyer David Soley, representing Rogers, said he was working with the Pine Tree Council’s board.
“He cares tremendously about the Boy Scouts and their mission in this state, in this country and in the world,” Soley said. “He’s trying to work out some issues now, but he feels Scouting is still very important to him.”
Rogers’ son Anthony Raymond Rogers, 29, was charged with disseminating photos and film of child sex acts and child pornography in 2010 in Allegheny County in Pennsylvania.
The dissemination charge was withdrawn in July 2010, but Rogers pleaded guilty to the child pornography charge in October 2010 and was sentenced to seven years of probation.
As part of his sentence, he was required to register as a sex offender. An interstate compact was approved, allowing him to move to Maine. He is listed on the Maine Sex Offender Registry as residing at his parents’ house on Fort Hill Road in Gorham.
Soley said the son’s record does not reflect on the father’s history.
“Mr. Rogers has an exemplary record,” Soley said. “He has tremendous love and care for Scouting and tremendous care and love for all of its family — including the son in question. As to why [the Pine Tree Council has] done what they’ve done, you’ll have to ask the board about that.”
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