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Former Scout leader charged

Published May 14, 1995
Updated Oct. 4, 2005

A former den leader for a Boy Scout troop has been arrested on sexual battery charges for allegedly having sex with scouts from the late 1970s through the 1980s. Police believe Albert W. Beauregard, 58, sexually assaulted at least five boys who were 10 and 11 years old at the time. Authorities first learned of the allegations against Beauregard in 1990, but did not have enough evidence to prosecute him until now, said Gainesville Police Lt. Carol Bishop. At least five men who were assaulted by Beauregard when they were children have come forward to help the police. He was free Friday on $50,000 bail.

Sea trout deemed safe to eat

ORLANDO _ Spotted sea trout from the Indian River Lagoon are safe to eat, says a new federal study which dispels fears that the fish may contain dangerously high levels of mercury. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that mercury levels in 29 fish taken from the Indian and Banana rivers and Mosquito Lagoon were below the 0.5 parts per million danger mark.

Man guilty of money laundering

WEST PALM BEACH _ A Miami executive was found guilty on 90 counts of money laundering, the U.S. Attorney's office said Saturday. Harry Aaron Falk, former president of Orexana Corp. in Miami, was convicted of using his precious-metals company to launder drug proceeds. The verdict followed a five-week trial featuring 25 witnesses and more than 1,000 pieces of evidence.