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Boy Scout Leader Michael Walleshauser Charged With Sex Abuse

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Michael P. Walleshauser

LOCKPORT, NY - The arrest of a long time boy scout leader last week continues to send shock waves through the northtowns.

Michael Walleshauser, 50, faces charges after two boys (who authorities stress were not involved in scouting) accused him of molesting them.

"Thankfully, we haven't received any more calls," said Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour.

"Our concern was with someone who's dealt with the boy scouts for 20 years that there could be additional victims ...I'm a little surprised because typically you do find more victims, but again I'm very grateful that maybe we don't have any more victims out there," Voutour told WGRZ-TV

Less than 100 yards from where Walleshauser is due to appear in court on the charges Tuesday, Voutour held court before roughly one dozen citizens who came to learn more about the services offered by his agency.

The gathering had been previously scheduled as part of a series of "town hall" meetings organized by the Sheriff's Department, so the topic of Walleshauser's arrest wasn't part of the formal agenda.

However, Voutour and his staff spent some time showing those in attendance how they could track the location of convicted sex offenders -of which Walleshauser is not -- through the Sheriff's web site.

There are currently 300 registered sex offenders living in Niagara County according to Voutour.

"I put it at the top of my priority list. I go around to these towns, I tell everybody who their sex offenders are, I tell them where they live, I tell them everything possible," Voutour said

Several days after the news broke about Walleshauser's arrest several of his neighbors-- none of whom wished to appear on camera- continue to express shock over the matter. More than a few remarked that if the allegations are true, then it once again shows you don't really know your neighbors, or who you can trust with your kids.

The Sheriff says sadly, that's true.

"In almost 90% of sex offenses they are by some type of acquaintance, someone who knows them or a family member or a neighbor next door's very difficult for these victims to come out and sometimes it takes that first one to get the other ones to stand up and come out," Voutour said.

A person who answered the phone at Walleshauser's home Monday night replied "no thank you" when we asked if they'd like to comment for this story.

Click on the video icon to watch the story from 2 On Your Side Reporter Dave McKinley and Photojournalist John Guinane.



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