Boy Scouts call leader arrested in SC online predator sting operation 'abhorrent', ban him from programs

Boy Scouts call leader arrested in SC online predator sting operation 'abhorrent', ban him from programs

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A former Midlands Boy Scout leader has been called "abhorrent" by the organization after he was named as one of 38 people arrested in an online predator operation led by the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Heath Mills was arrested on two counts of solicitation of minor during "Operation Full Armor," Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced Thursday.

Mills was identified as a troop leader in Lexington County.

David Angle, assistant south executive/CEO of the Indan Waters Council of the Boy Scouts released a statement to WIS, saying Mills has been banned from participating in any scout-related activities.

The full statement says:

This individual's behavior is abhorrent and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Upon learning of these reports, we took immediate action to remove this individual and prohibit him from any future participation in our programs.

In all, 38 people, including a colonel stationed at Fort Jackson arrested for solicitation, were arrested on charges varying from prostitution to child solicitation.

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