Ex-Scout leader accused of molestation

12:10 AM, Sep 7, 2013   |    comments
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Paul Birmingham

OAKDALE, CA - Stanislaus County sheriff's detectives arrested an Oakdale man Thursday on suspicion of ongoing molestation of a young teen boy.

On July 28, an Oakdale 15-year-old boy reported the suspect, 55-year-old Paul Birmingham, had been sexually abusing him since he was 13, according to the sheriff's department.

Detectives investigated Birmingham, a former Boy Scout troop leader, and booked him into Stanislaus County Jail on charges of child molestation, sodomy, oral copulation and distribution of pornography to a minor.

People who know Birmingham said they were shocked by the arrest.

"Oh dear God. I was super, super surprised. He's already an old man," next door neighbor Maria Correia said.

"I didn't believe this because they are good people," her husband John Correia agreed.

Birmingham's membership as a scout leader was revoked in 2004 after other allegations of child molestation surfaced, according to Greater Yosemite Council Scout Executive Richard McCartney. It's not clear whether Birmingham ever faced charges at that time, but he never petitioned to return to his position in local scouting, according to McCartney.

As stunned as Birmingham's neighbors are, they said he should face whatever justice he deserves.

"If it is true, he should pay the price because I don't believe in that," John Correia said.

The sheriff's department said due to the suspect's prior access to young boys as a scout leader, there may be other possible victims. Detective Joe Delgado is handling the case. He can be contacted at (209) 525-7108.

Tips can also be made anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636; by email at Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers; or by text to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.





As stunned as Birmingham's neighbors are, they said he should face whatever justice he deserves.


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