Former Boy Scout Official Pleads Guilty

3-30-05 - FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - No plea deal for a former top Boy
Scouts official in a child porn case. Douglas Sovereign Smith has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possessing and distributing child porn. A federal prosecutor says Smith obviously "wanted to get this behind him."

His lawyer says Smith "is contrite" and "has accepted responsibility."

Smith gave one-word answers to the judge's questions today in a
Texas courtroom.

Smith once ran a task force aimed at keeping kids from sexual abuse. He retired last month after the Boy Scouts put him on leave after hearing of the accusations. He faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced in July.


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