Boy Scout leader accused of giving troop member LSD, pot

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Posted: Dec 16, 2015 4:08 PM
Boy Scout leader accused of giving troop member LSD, pot

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — An assistant scoutmaster at a suburban New York Boy Scouts troop is facing criminal charges after allegedly sharing LSD, marijuana and alcohol with a 13-year-old troop member.

Lawrence Moschitta, 32, of West Babylon, was arrested Sunday, according to court documents. The incident allegedly happened Dec. 3 in Moschitta's Long Island home, the documents said.

Moschitta, who works as an operations manager at a Long Island industrial business, was charged with two misdemeanors: unlawfully dealing with a child and failure to exercise control of a minor. He was released on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

His father, Anthony Moschitta, said his son, a former Eagle Scout, returned home after being released Tuesday night but was not immediately available to speak about the charges. The elder Moschitta said his son has yet to hire an attorney.

Anthony Moschitta, who said he has been a Boy Scouts official for 35 years, called the charges "shocking" and not true. "False," he said of the accusations. "He would never do anything to endanger a Scout."

Lawrence Moschitta was removed from Troop 183's charter and is no longer a member of the Boy Scouts, according to a letter written by Scoutmaster Guy Zummo to parents and obtained by The Associated Press. The letter said the troop is working closely with police in the ongoing investigation.

"The alleged incident happened outside of a Troop function, but did involve one of our scouts," Zummo said in the letter. He did not immediately return a telephone call seeking additional comment.

Ryan A. DiBernardo, CEO of the Suffolk County Council of the Boy Scouts, said the allegations run "counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands." He added that Scouting "does not tolerate or condone illegal drug use by youth or adults and we take this issue seriously."