Boy Scout leader faces charges of simple assault, harassment

WAYNE TWP., Pa. - A small Boy Scouts meeting went south, as a scout leader is now facing charges of simple assault, harassment, and endangering the welfare of children.

Matthew McKeon brought together two scouts to discuss their involvement in a Cub Scout Halloween costume contest at the Hawk Mountain Boy Scout Camp in Wayne Township, Schuylkill County, on October 14, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

After the meeting, McKeon, 28, of Robeson Township, Berks County, allegedly grabbed both juveniles and hit their heads together.

The two boys complained of headaches and concussion like symptoms, according to police.

Jim Milham, the scout executive and CEO for the Berks County-based Hawk Mountain Council, released the following statement in response to the charges against McKeon:

"The behavior included in these allegations is unacceptable and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Upon learning of these reports, we took immediate action to remove this individual and prohibit him from any future participation in our programs. Hawk Mountain Council is fully cooperating with law enforcement."

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