Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Boy Scout Leader Tom Helm Arrested After MySpace Use

A 60-year-old Colorado man has been arrested after police say he solicited sex from someone whom he believed to be a 14-year-old through MySpace.

Tom Helm, of Durango, is accused of posing as a 49-year-old bisexual male on MySpace and subsequently contacting an undercover officer who had been posing as a 14-year-old male.

After the two had been conversing online for awhile, Mr. Helm arranged to meet the "boy" at a local cemetery. Helm reportedly brought with him condoms, chocolate syrup and beer.

He was of course arrested and taken to jail where bond was set at $250,000.

According to The Durango Herald, Helm and his wife had been listed as contacts for a church-sponsored youth camping trip on the Durango's Christ the King Lutheran Church Web site:

"Kid Camp Out: Kids from the church and Day Camp and the community are invited to spend a night camping out at the church July 24th. Families are also welcome. Meet at the church at 6 pm Friday and camp out with us. All food and drink and activities are included. Call Tom and **** Helm at 247-**** for more details."
Fortunately, the then upcoming trip was later canceled "because of lack of interest".

Perhaps the kids knew something the parent's didn't?

Helm had also reportedly been a leader for the Boy Scouts prior to his arrival in Durango.

A short biography of Helm provided by the church can be found here. It has since been taken off the site.


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