Former Winston-Salem Scout leader pleads guilty to molesting members of troop in 1980s

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James Thomas Davis, a former Winston-Salem scoutmaster, pleaded guilty to charges he sexually abused two boys 30 years ago.

A former Scoutmaster was convicted Thursday of molesting two boys in a Winston-Salem Boy Scout troop nearly 30 years ago, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

James Thomas Davis Jr., 63, of Buffalo Way in Durham entered guilty pleas in Forsyth Superior Court to four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. The incidents happened from Nov. 17, 1985 to Sept. 4, 1987, according to indictments.

Judge David Hall of Forsyth Superior Court consolidated the charges and gave Davis a total suspended sentence of 14 years in prison. Hall ordered Davis to serve an active sentence of six months in prison and he will be on supervised probation for three years. He will have to register as a sex offender for at least 30 years.

Investigators with the Winston-Salem Police Department received a report from the national office of the Boy Scouts of America last March that a former Scoutmaster had molested members of his troop in the 1980s, which was when Davis was Scoutmaster of Troop No. 867 at Shiloh Baptist Church.

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