A former Sebastopol Cub Scout leader pleaded not guilty today to
seven felony charges of committing sex offenses on a child and providing
Santa Rosa police arrested Franklin Lee, 40, on March 28 at the
police station. The alleged offenses took place over three or four years
until the victim, who was not a Cub Scout, was 16, police Sgt. Terry Anderson
The complaint alleges continuous sex abuse of a child, oral
copulation with a child under 14, sodomy with a child under 16 and providing
obscene material to a child.
Lee was the Cub Scout leader of Sebastopol Pack 128.
attorney Ben Adams said today the alleged offenses were not related to
Steven Dunn, district director of the Boy Scouts' Redwood Empire
Council, said Lee was immediately removed and was permanently banned from
scouting when the allegations came to light.
Dunn said Boy Scout policy includes "two-deep leadership" that
requires two adult leaders to be present at all scouting activities.
A preliminary hearing date for Lee will be scheduled on June 2 in
Sonoma County Superior Court.