Ex-scout leader gets 5-7 years in prison for molesting kids; faces similar charges in Conn.

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David Kress

WORCESTER, Mass. — A former Connecticut Boy Scout troop leader has been sentenced to five to seven years in prison after admitting under a plea deal to sexually assaulting three boys during scouting trips to Massachusetts in the 1990s.

The Telegram & Gazette reports  53-year-old David Kress, of Thompson, Connecticut, pleaded guilty Thursday in Worcester, Massachusetts to seven counts of statutory child rape.

Kress must register as a sex offender and receive sex offender counseling. His sentence was recommended by both prosecutors and his attorney.

Prosecutors say Kress molested members Troop 66 during trips to Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. He was the troop’s scoutmaster, and the kids were between ages 10 and 17. The assaults are said to have happened over a 20-year period.

Boy Scout officials have said Kress was relieved of his volunteer duties.

Kress faces similar charges in Connecticut.