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BUFFALO — The criminal complaint against a former Boy Scout employee accused of having child porn includes some disturbing admissions.

Russell Ruth, 34, of Lyons, was charged Monday with possession of child pornography. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Ruth's arrest was announced in a press release by James Kennedy Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Marangola, who is prosecuting the case, said an investigation started in March when Yahoo! reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a subscriber uploaded five suspected child porn files to a Yahoo! server. The center contacted law enforcement officers, who traced the files to an email address used by Ruth.

On June 7, state police executed a search warrant at Ruth's home on Ditton Street in Lyons. A forensic exam of his laptop computer found hundreds of images and videos of child porn involving minor boys.

Ruth was employed by the Boy Scouts of America at Camp Babcock-Hovey in Ovid. Stephen Hiott, Scout executive for the Seneca Waterways Council of the Boy Scouts, said Ruth was immediately fired and there is no evidence of any improper acts by Ruth at the camp or with any Scouting program (see accompanying article).

According to the criminal complaint, Ruth voluntarily talked to state police investigators and admitted getting child porn files through his email address. He described the files as "It's boys, it's boys with boys, boys with men."

Ruth told police he was not proud of himself and he "always thought there was something wrong with me, it's almost like an addiction. I know it's bad for me and I know it's wrong, but I could never help myself."

Members of the public who have information related to the case are urged to contact Homeland Security Investigations' Buffalo office at (716) 464-5949. The agency's victim-witness specialists will be available to assist any parent or guardian should they need victim-related resources

Anyone with general questions or concerns regarding sexual abuse of children, or who would like guidance on how to discuss this issue with children, are encouraged to call the Bivona Child Advocacy Center at (585) 935-7800.

Ruth made an initial appearance Monday in federal court and is being held pending a detention hearing Wednesday.