Former Boy Scout Camp Counselor Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of Three Boys

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Chandler James Bartell, a former Boy Scout camp counselor from West Valley, Utah, pleaded guilty on August 18 to sexually abusing three boys. The crimes, which occurred in 2016 and 2018, involved boys between the ages of 10 and 13. Bartell admitted to two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and one count of sodomy of a child, all first-degree felonies.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss 18 additional felony counts, including 11 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, five counts of sodomy of a child, and two counts of forcible sexual abuse. Charging documents filed in July 2021 revealed that the abuse was repeated, with each boy reporting multiple instances of sexual abuse.

One of the boys disclosed almost daily abuse over multiple years, expressing fear of Bartell’s potential harm to his family. The boy also mentioned Bartell’s anger issues, including kicking walls with steel-toed boots and abusing a dog. Charging documents suggest that Bartell has a history of sexually abusing young boys.

Although there were allegations of sexual misconduct by Bartell with boys at the Boy Scout camp where he worked as a counselor, no charges related to those allegations have been filed against him. Bartell is scheduled to be sentenced on November 6.


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