Investigators in Cumberland County say they are looking into the case of Thomas Menghi, a former Boy Scout leader who admitted in a recent interview that he had molested as many as 10 Boy Scouts in the 1970s while leading Troop 786 in the Fayetteville area.
Menghi, 69, who lives in Monroe, told an Associated Press reporter he hoped he wouldnt be prosecuted. But Cumberland County District Attorney William West told the Observer last week that his office is looking into the case.
In the Associated Press story, Menghi said that he previously confessed in January 1974, when confronted in a private meeting by other Scout leaders about his sexual abuse of up to 10 boys.
He was barred from Scouting functions and pledged to seek help from a psychiatrist and a preacher.
But Menghis crimes were never reported to the police or to the parents of some boys who were abused. One of the Boy Scout officials who confronted Menghi said he didnt want to put the boys through all the trauma of a trial, and feared bad publicity for Scouting.
The news of Menghis admission to the AP alarmed parents at Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church in south Charlotte, where he worked in the church child care center for more than eight years before he was laid off in 2011.
The churchs senior minister said the church found no evidence that Menghi had inappropriate contact with children during his time at the child care center.