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Ex-Scout leader from Northbridge guilty of enticement

A former Northbridge School Committee member, middle school substitute teacher, and Boy Scout leader pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal child pornography and enticement charges stemming in part from illicit online chats that he had with a 12-year-old boy in Colorado.

Andrew Jonathan Myers, 34, a Northbridge lawyer, entered his plea in federal court in Worcester, records show. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 9.

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Myers had a collection of at least 600 images of child pornography, including some depicting prepubescent minors, as well as “materials depicting sadistic or masochistic conduct,” his plea agreement said.

His lawyer, Katherine E. Godin, said in an e-mail that Myers has accepted full responsibility for his actions.

“I anticipate that he may be speaking further” at sentencing, Godin said.

According to an affidavit, Myers had e-mail and Skype chats with the Colorado youth last summer. During one chat, he asked the boy to watch as he performed a lewd act, the filing stated.

Myers also told the boy during another exchange that he had returned from a week at Scout camp and said, “I just wish some of them were willing to let me play along,” according to the affidavit.

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In addition, Myers said he was trying to close his law practice, had an interview scheduled for a sixth-grade teaching position, and encountered a fourth-grader during a prior teaching job who “would always touch me and get close.” the filing said.

Nancy Spitulnik, superintendent of the Northbridge Public Schools, said Wednesday that Myers had been employed in the past as a part-time substitute teacher at the town’s middle school, but she could not immediately provide his dates of service.

She said there is no evidence that he harmed any children at the school.

According to the affidavit, Myers also corresponded via e-mail with three underage boys and asked them to engage in sexual acts. One of the youths was under 12, the plea agreement said.

Myers served on the Northbridge School Committee from 2005 to 2008, said Tim Doiron, the panel’s current chairman.

Court records and a press release from federal prosecutors identified Myers as a Scout leader, though they did not say which troop he was affiliated with.

The Mohegan Council of the Boy Scouts of America, based in Worcester, told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette newspaper last year that they removed Myers from scouting as soon as they learned of his arrest in August 2012. The council could not be reached Wednesday.

Myers was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts in 2004 and was suspended in September 2012, around the time of his indictment. The state Board of Bar Overseers still listed him as suspended on Wednesday.

According to the plea agreement, prosecutors and defense counsel have agreed on a sentencing range of 15 to 21 years in prison, though Myers faces a maximum term of life in prison.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.

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