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Former Boy Scouts worker in Seneca County pleads guilty to child porn charge

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A former Boy Scouts worker has pleaded guilty to child porn charges.

Russell Ruth now faces up to 20 years in prison.

Ruth was arrested last summer on the charges in an investigation that began after Yahoo reported child porn found on its servers.

An email linked to the files was traced back to Ruth, officials said. After a search of his Ditton Street home in Lyons, investigators found hundreds of child porn images and videos on his computer and cell phone.

In court papers, Ruth told investigators he was ashamed and that he “always thought something was wrong with me. It’s almost like an addiction.”

Ruth worked for the Boy Scouts of America at Camp Babcock-Hovey in Ovid, Seneca County.

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