Former Boy Scout leader convicted in child pornography case

A former Boy Scout leader was convicted Wednesday on 11 child pornography charges in a case brought by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

A jury in state Superior Court, Morristown, found Stephen Corcoran, 49, of Parsippany, guilty on 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child by possessing child pornography on a thumb drive and one count of exhibiting or showing child pornography to someone else.

Corcoran, who was taken into custody after the verdict was announced, will be sentenced June 2.

Corcoran also faces trial on sexually abusing three juveniles who were Boy Scouts in the 1990s. Those charges were severed from the pornography case and the jury was not told about them. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless or until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

The case came to light in 2011 during an investigation into the alleged sexual assaults. Evidence presented at trial established that a witness disclosed that Corcoran had exhibited child pornography to him and law enforcement subsequently recovered a thumb drive containing child pornography images and videos from Corcoran’s home.

The investigation that led to Corcoran’s conviction was conducted by the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment and High Tech Crimes units of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Criminal Investigation Section of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Parsippany Police Department. The state’s case was handled by Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Christopher Schellhorn.

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