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Boys testify against former Pasco Scout leader accused of molestation

NEW PORT RICHEY — Steven Greenleaf volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America for years, taking troops on camping trips, directing projects and organizing fundraisers.

Then in 2007, three of his former Scouts said he exposed himself to them and made sexual advances.

Greenleaf, 55 of Holiday, is facing trial this week on multiple charges of lewd and lascivious exhibition and molestation and faces up to 75 years in prison. His arrest has already cost him his job as a pediatric nurse at River's Edge Pediatrics in New Port Richey and his Scout leader post.

All three alleged victims took the stand Tuesday. They said Greenleaf, who was married with a son, exposed himself to them numerous times and sometimes asked them to expose themselves.

One boy, now 17, recalled watching TV at Greenleaf's house and the Scout leader coming out of the bathroom naked. The teen, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the allegations, said Greenleaf gestured for him to come closer.

Describing it as an "obscene situation," the teen said, "I just left."

The next incident progressed further, he said, with Greenleaf climbing on top of him on a couch.

"I had to forcibly remove him, as in push him off," he said.

Another alleged victim, now 13, said that while riding in Greenleaf's Dodge Durango, the Scout leader grabbed the boy's thigh and exposed himself.

"He asked me to take mine out too," the boy said.

There were common threads in the two boys' testimony. Both said Greenleaf had asked them to "be dirty." Both said he exposed himself more times than they could remember.

The boys became frustrated and emotional and had difficulty remembering the specifics of the incidents — where they took place, the time of day, the order in which they happened.

The younger boy cried several times under cross examination by defense attorney Christopher Frey, who was trying to elicit inconsistencies between what the boy said on the stand and what he'd told authorities in earlier interviews.

"Do you remember any of this?" Frey asked him.

"It's hard to remember," the boy said through tears.

When Frey questioned the older teen, he asked if the two boys had talked to each other about their testimony or about Greenleaf.

The teen replied: "Other than he's a scumbag, no."

Prosecutor James Goodnow played a recording of an interview between Greenleaf and a sheriff's detective, who pressed the Scout leader to explain the accusations against him.

In it, Greenleaf never outright confessed, and said it was "a possibility" one Scout had seen his penis. But he insisted he never had any perverse intentions.

"I have never had the desire to either see young boys or expose myself to young boys or have sex with young boys," Greenleaf said.

The trial continues today.

Boys testify against former Pasco Scout leader accused of molestation 07/28/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 8:33pm]
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