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Former Boy Scout Volunteer Arrested, Facing More Sex Charges

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A former Boy Scout troop volunteer and foster parent is facing more charges of sexual misconduct involving boys.

St. Clair County prosecutors charged 54-year-old Jon Demers of Collinsville on Friday with eight new counts involving his alleged sexual assault or abuse of two boys.

Demers already had been facing a dozen counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving one of those boys and another alleged victim who is now 16.

Demers was removed in April as a Belleville Boy Scout troop’s committee member and merit badge counselor.

Demers’ attorney Robert Bas said Sunday that Demers was arrested Friday and jailed on $1 million bond. Demers previously had been free under electronic monitoring. Bas says he will seek to have his client’s bond reduced.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.

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