By PETER ZUCKERMAN . PZUCKERMAN@POSTREGISTER.COM . AND POST REGISTER STAFF
COPYRIGHT 2005 POST REGISTER
Court records shown to the Post Register on Tuesday reveal a fourth pedophile worked or volunteered for the local Boy Scouts.
Robert “Scott” Price, now 43, is serving 15 years to life for using alcohol, pornography and money to get children to have sex with him. He was associated with the Grand Teton Council as recently as 2002.
Little was known about the Price case until now because it was under an extraordinary veil of secrecy for a criminal prosecution. This is consistent with unusual secrecy measures that have been applied to two other pedophile cases involving eastern Idaho’s Grand Teton Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
On Tuesday, using the court’s own system to look up the Price case by name and by case number, the courthouse computer system in Pocatello replied “Case Not Found.”
Records clerks in Bannock County initially declined to give any information about the Price case, but when given the case number, they confirmed it existed.
The Idaho State Journal reported on March 22, 2002, that the case had been sealed. The newspaper reported briefly on some court proceedings, which were open to the public.
On Tuesday, acting on tips from two callers, the Post Register gained access to the Price file through the judge’s clerk, who reviewed the sealing order, which showed that the file should now be open and should have been since the pretrial preliminary hearing three years ago.
Court clerks declined to allow the Post Register to photocopy the case. The clerks wanted to talk to the judge first to find out whether names needed to be blacked out, as is often done in sex abuse cases to protect the victims’ privacy.
Below is a summary of the Price case. Unless otherwise noted, this information is based on records viewed Tuesday from file CR-2002-105FE; a Bannock County Sheriff’s Office report; an interview with Bannock County Prosecutor Mark Hiedeman, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake President William McKee and others familiar with the case; and records of the Idaho Department of Correction.
Price was a Scout and youth leader at an LDS church in Bannock County. He worked as a realtor and, before that, an officer for the Pocatello Police Department.
Price may have started molesting in the mid-’90s, though some records indicate he started earlier. Around the winter of 1994 or 1995 is when the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office report says Price and some Scouts stayed in a cabin near Driggs, close to the Tetons.
The cabin had two queen-size beds, and Price slept with one of the boys, about 14, and molested him. The boy didn’t report the incident to police until several years later.
At least 14 incidents, which involved oral sex and fondling of boys ages 15 to 17, followed, according to the sheriff’s office report.
Other pedophiles who worked in the Grand Teton Council
Swan Valley Boy Scout Camp waterfront instructor alleged to have raped a Scout in 1983 after flashing a gun and mutilating animals. Jeff Bird, then 15, said he told Grand Teton Council Executive Kim Hansen. Hansen ignored him, Bird says. Convicted of raping boys in Utah, Empey got off probation and was paid in June for Internet work for the Grand Teton Council.
Scout camp waterfront instructor who molested a boy he met at Camp Little Lemhi “too many times to count,” according to the victim. He was sentenced to probation in December 1991.
Camp Little Lemhi waterfront instructor who molested at least 24 boys, many of them Scouts. He was rehired despite written warnings. Junior counselor Adam Steed said he complained about Stowell but was ignored. After Stowell’s 1997 arrest, Boy Scout attorney Gary Dance said some parents weren’t told their children had been molested because doing so would “open old wounds,” according to a sworn statement. Hansen, who fought to keep court records about Stowell secret, has said Stowell is the only pedophile who has worked for the Grand Teton Council.
Price typically gave the boys alcohol, showed them pornography and paid boys between $50 and $100 for various sex acts.
The attacks occurred in several areas. The places mentioned in the sheriff’s office report include Challis, Pocatello, Power County, Salmon, Fort Hall, Mount Borah, Bannock County, Montpelier and Soda Springs.
Price encouraged his victims to be quiet and once told one that “later you will think it felt good, and you will beg me for more,” the sheriff’s office report says. He told the boys they would ruin his life if he was turned in and that the boys wouldn’t be able to go on LDS missions if anyone found out, investigators reported.