Former Scout leader charged with sexual battery

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A former Boy Scouts of America volunteer is charged with sexual battery of a 9-year-old boy.
Donnie Weaver, 47, of Lee County was held on $250,000 bond accused of performing oral sex on the boy at an unidentified location in the summer of 2010.
Weaver was a Cub Scout pack leader. Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson would not say if the alleged crime location was during a Scout event or if the purported victim was a member of the Cub Scouts, but only would say Weaver was in a position of trust and authority where he had reason to be in contact with the child.
The investigation began a month ago when the boy told his parents that something happened, said Johnson. Weaver was arrested Tuesday.
Rick Chapman, Scout executive of the Boy Scouts of America Yocona Area Council, said Weaver’s position with the organization was terminated after he was charged. Chapman said Weaver had been a volunteer since 2009 and had gone through all the proper background checks required to become a volunteer and nothing in his records showed any criminal history.
“Along with the rest of the community, we were saddened to learn about the allegations against this individual,” said Chapman in an emailed statement to the Daily Journal. “The alleged actions of this individual are not representative of the principles and ideals of the Boy Scouts of America, the Yocona Area Council or its members. Abuse is and has always been unacceptable and the Boy Scouts of America extends its sympathies to any victim.”
Chapman said the Yocona Area Council will cooperate with authorities in their review of the matter. Like Johnson, Chapman would not say if the victim was a member of the Scouts or if the alleged incident happened on a Scout function.