SOUTH OGDEN -- A former teacher and Boy Scout leader was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Kenneth William Prince, 61, of Uintah, was booked into Weber County Jail and charged with five second-degree counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Detectives reported finding several sexually explicit images of minors on Prince's computer, said South Ogden Police Chief Darin Parke.<--break->
The investigation began after a victim came forward to police, he said. South Ogden detectives worked with the Weber County Attorney's Office to serve the warrant on Prince's home Sept. 19.
Prince was employed as a science teacher at South Ogden Junior High School from 1979 to 2008. He was also a Boy Scout leader in the South Ogden area for several years, Parke said.
Prince retired from teaching in 2008, said Nate Taggart, spokesman for Weber School District.
"It appears he spent his whole career at South Ogden," Taggart said.
If any disciplinary action had been taken against Prince during his years of teaching, Taggart said he wouldn't be able to comment on it.
Mark Peterson, director of public relations for the Utah State Office of Education, said Prince's teaching license was revoked in 2009.
The revocation was "for a lewdness charge and violating conditions in a stipulated agreement" with the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission, Peterson said. The UPPAC oversees educator licensing in the state.
It was unknown if the reported victims of these latest charges are former students or Boy Scouts.
In an emailed statement, Allen Endicott, Scout executive with Boy Scouts of America, said, "Mr. Prince has not been a registered leader with the Trapper Trails Council since 2003. As soon as we were made aware of the situation with Mr. Prince by law enforcement, immediate steps were taken to remove his ability to ever again register with the Boy Scouts of America. Protection of youth is a paramount issue for the Trapper Trails Council. Youth Protection Training is required for all registered leaders with the BSA. The safety of youth is a top priority. More information regarding Youth Protection Training and policies can be found at www.bsayouthprotection.org."
So far, one alleged victim has come forward, but detectives have evidence of others, Parke said. Others who they said were victimized are most likely adults now but are encouraged to call police at 801-629-8221.
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Standard-Examiner reporter Mark Saal contributed to this article.