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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Boy Scout Volunteer Gets Jail Time for Trying to Teach 14-Year-Old How to Give a Blow Job

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge Michael Engler, 51, of St. Charles.
  • Michael Engler, 51, of St. Charles.

See you in five years, Michael Engler.

On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Engler, 51, a former Boy Scouts volunteer from St. Charles, to 60 months in prison for using interstate facilities to coerce a minor into sex on Craigslist.

Engler thought he was meeting a fourteen-year-old boy for a day of sexual experimentation when he showed up behind a Brentwood ice-skating rink. Turns out, that boy was actually an undercover officer working for the FBI's Crimes Against Children Task Force.

It all started on Craigslist. In October 2013, the undercover officer posted a M4M, or "male looking for a male," ad saying he was "looking for a teacher to learn from." Engler responded and started to chat the "boy" up even when the undercover officer told Engler he was actually fourteen years old.

See also: Michael Engler: Boy Scout Volunteer Arrested In Undercover Sting For Coercing Minor Into Sex

When the officer feigned apprehension over meeting up with Engler in the real world, Engler told him he was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts Venturing program, saying: "I get to hang out with young shirtless guys, and some of them wear speedos under their wetsuits."

After agreeing on a time and place to meet, Engler's messages to the undercover detective became even more explicit, writing that he would "Definitely want to go through the ABCs of a good blow job" once they met. Engler showed up as planned and was arrested.

Christine Dieckmann, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis-area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, confirmed that Engler had volunteered with the Venturing program, aimed at high school-aged youth.

"We are disgusted to learn about the allegations against this individual," Dieckmann says in a statement. "The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable, and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who may be a victim of this type of reprehensible behavior. Upon learning of these allegations, this individual was immediately removed from scouting and has been permanently banned from participating in the scouting program."

Engler pleaded guilty in January.

The case was investigated by the St. Louis County Police Department in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service and the St. Charles County Cybercrime Unit.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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