Utah Boy Scout leader accused of sexually abusing 11-year-old boy

Posted at 2:45 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 17:43:36-04

HERRIMAN, Utah — A Boy Scout leader from Herriman has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child after he allegedly groped an 11-year-old boy who is one of his scouts.

According to charging documents filed Thursday, 46-year-old Lyle Scott Mackay of Herriman has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child for events that occurred at his home on March 18.

The alleged victim stated Mackay invited him to his home to play a board game, but when he arrived the man instead asked him to join him in a bedroom to watch a basketball game, where the pair sat on Mackay’s bed.

Mackay later had the boy sit on his lap, and at that point he allegedly put his hand under the boy’s clothes and played with the child’s genitals.

When the boy’s mother came to pick him up, she noticed he was pale, and her son told her about the alleged molestation. The mother contacted police that night.

The boy told police Mackay was his Boy Scout leader and had also been his Cub Scout leader when the child was younger.

He said they had interacted previously in the company of others, but this was the first time they had been alone together inside Mackay’s bedroom.

The charging documents note Mackay occupied a position of special trust in relation to the victim.

A warrant for the man’s arrest was issued Thursday, and Friday he was booked into jail. His initial court appearance is scheduled for April 6.