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Boy Scout leader accused of sex assault headed to trial

Investigators allege he assaulted three boys

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Lehigh County scoutmaster accused of sexually assaulting three Boy Scouts is headed to trial.

Stephen Piller, 50, was in Lehigh County court Tuesday for a formal arraignment. 

Investigators say he assaulted the boys at his home in Catasauqua and at a Monroe County camp. Piller is charged with a single felony count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and five misdemeanor counts of indecent assault.

Piller was a scoutmaster affiliated with the Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The district attorney's office began its investigation in March 2017 after receiving information from the county's office of children and youth about a possible child sex assault in the Catasauqua area.

Investigators said the first victim met Piller when he joined the scouts. The boy was 12 years old. Piller allegedly made sexual advances toward the boy about two years after meeting him.

Authorities said Piller first touched the boy at Piller's Wood Street home in Catasauqua and then sexually assaulted the scout at Camp Trexler in Eldred Township, Monroe County.

The assaults allegedly took place at both locations for about three years.

The second victim met Piller through the Boy Scouts when he was 14 years old, when Piller was head scoutmaster. Authorities allege Piller touched and photographed the boy at the scout leader's home. He also accused of sexually assaulting the teen at Camp Trexler.

The assaults occurred over a three-year period.

Investigators allege Piller also sexually assaulted the third victim at his home and Camp Trexler. The district attorney's office did not specify the boy's age or how long the alleged abuse occurred, except to say "over multiple years."

The Monroe County District Attorney's Office has reportedly agreed to prosecute all charges in Lehigh County.

A trial date is set for March 21.

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