Former Boy Scout volunteer sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexual assault

South County

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A longtime volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America has been sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to 11 counts of first-degree sexual assault.

The Rhode Island attorney general’s office said had the case gone to trial, the state prepared to prove that James Glawson sexually assaulted five young men while he was a Scout leader in the 1980s and, more recently, a developmentally disabled man who was known to him.

Glawson, 76, was sentenced to 60 years with 40 to serve at the ACI and the rest suspended with probation, the AG’s office announced Thursday.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender, undergo counseling, and have no contact with the victims.

“Every day, parents and guardians entrust the well-being of their children to others, to provide care and/or recreational opportunities. When a person abuses that trust, and sexually assaults a child whose safety has been entrusted to them, we know the consequences – they are severe and long-lasting” Attorney General Peter Neronha said in a statement.

Police said Glawson was affiliated with the Boy Scouts from 1980–2018.

He was arrested in February 2019 after the most recent victim reported that he was assaulted on multiple occasions over the course of several years.

Glawson was indicted on additional counts later that year after more victims came forward. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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