Boy Scouts troop leader sentenced for sex crimes

Thomas Seifert, photo courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office.

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) —  A former Boy Scouts leader charged with sex crimes was sentenced in York County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Thomas Seifert was sentenced to 60 years in prison, with 57 years suspended, according to Krystyn Reid with the York County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

According to the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, 56-year-old Seifert initially faced 25 counts of felony child sexual abuse while in a custodial role, four counts of indecent liberties with a child by a person in custodial or supervisory relationship, and one count of proposing that a child expose himself.

Seifert was only convicted of 12 counts of indecent liberties, for which the sentencing guidelines are three to six months in prison. Reid said the Commonwealth chose to exceed the guidelines, in this case.

Seifert will have to register as a sex offender, and will have 20 years of supervised probation upon his release. Reid said the Department of Corrections will decide the location where Seifert will be incarcerated.

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