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Former Boy Scout leader sentenced for distributing child porn

A former Boy Scout leader with ties to Davis and Orangevale has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for distributing child pornography and obstructing justice.

Dennis Boyle, 53, of Davis was sentenced Wednesday in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Law enforcement agents identified a user on a messenger service who was offering videos of child pornography in an online chat room. The investigation led to Boyle’s residence, then in Orangevale. Boyle was a financial auditor for the state of California and a charter organization representative for the Boy Scouts, the news release said.

Between August and October 2015, Boyle distributed and received depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He tried to persuade a friend to delete electronic evidence from a laptop computer and remote servers, resulting in the obstruction of justice charge, according to the news release. The friend reported the request to authorities and assisted investigators by recording a meeting with Boyle, who admitted viewing, downloading and distributing child pornography. Boyle also admitted engaging in online chats with girls ages 14 to 18, the news release said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy