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Old 12-09-2019, 07:22 PM   #1
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Default Former PM charged with child porn (Calif.)

Ex-head of prominent Bay Area bagpipe band sentenced to prison for child porn; feds say he sexually abused teens
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/12/...-abused-teens/

"A former leader of a popular Bay Area bagpipe band was sentenced to eight years in prison for charges related to possessing and asking teen boys for child pornography, in a case federal prosecutors say included uncharged acts of sexual abuse. ..."
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This is a shock. I first met Mike Leboeuf probably 15-20 years ago and I'd see him at highland games and say hello . . . as I do with many long-time pipers. I never suspected anything, but that's the way it is in many cases like this—no one knows. He's been a member here at BDF for a long time as "SF Irish Piper".

Another surprise was Jonathan Adams, who was convicted about 12 years ago for child porn and sent to prison. He was here with the login of, yes, "Jonathan Adams". I met him a few times—he made chanter reeds and made sporrans. He introduced me to pipemaker Murray Huggins, whom I'm sure had no suspicion either about Adams' secret life.

There was another member here who was convicted for sexually abusing minors, though I can't remember his name.

Shocking and depressing as well as nauseating.

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Old 12-09-2019, 08:30 PM   #2
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Sad to see yet another piper in the news for the wrong reasons.

I suppose this reinforces the need for appropriate background checks for our band leaders and tutors. Predators seek out positions of power, and when they have access to children (e.g. as a PM or Tutor) opportunity for abuse exists, and it’s often only a matter of time before these individuals offend.

Let’s hope he sees an appropriate sentence for his actions.
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Old 12-10-2019, 06:24 PM   #3
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I believe Mike would have likely passed any background checks. Nonetheless, it would be a good rule of thumb for a parent to investigate a tutor's background.

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Old 12-10-2019, 07:47 PM   #4
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I believe Mike would have likely passed any background checks. Nonetheless, it would be a good rule of thumb for a parent to investigate a tutor's background.

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And also sit in on lessons/find group lessons.
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