OAKDALE (CBS13) – A former Boy Scout troop leader has been arrested for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a minor.
Paul Birmingham, 55, of Oakdale was arrested Thursday following a month-long investigation into allegations of an inappropriate relationship he had with a 15-year-old boy, according to a Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department statement. Detectives say the victim told them the first encounter happened when the boy was 13.
Detectives believe Birmingham used his position of trust to possibly have inappropriate relationships with multiple boys.
Birmingham was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of child molestation, sodomy, and oral copulation with a minor, and distribution of pornography to a minor.
We went to Birmingham’s home, but weren’t allowed on the property. We spoke with neighbors who were surprised by the news.
“He just seemed like a very nice, clean-cut man,” said Norma Nagel, one of Birmingham’s neighbors.
“I hope it’s not true,” said John Correia, a neighbor.
Correia says Birmingham mentioned working with Boy Scouts years ago. Investigators couldn’t say how long he stayed with the troop.
“You know, I’m a great-grandmother. I have 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and that would just break your heart,” said Nagel. “If it’s true, it’s a blessing they caught him.”
Neighbors say Birmingham lived at the home with his wife, adult kids and grandchildren.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Detective Joe Delgado at 209-525-7108. You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips here, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704″ plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.