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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Former Boy Scout Leader Created Female Alter Ego to Trick Teen Boys Into Making Sex Videos

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Ian F. Burow, 25.
  • Ian F. Burow, 25.

A former Boy Scouts of America leader who pretended to be a woman to convince minors to send him sexually explicit photos is going to prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

A federal judge sentenced Ian F. Burow, a 25-year-old Columbia man and former University of Missouri student, to twenty years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release Tuesday, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Burow pleaded guilty in February to seven counts of receiving and distributing child porn involving boys ages fourteen through seventeen. He also pleaded guilty to one count of producing child porn after transmitting images of him having sex with a fifteen-year-old victim live over the Internet using Skype.

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

Burow created a fictitious identity named Sarah McGee, a woman he said was a good friend who lived in the same housing complex, to lure victims by sending them nude pictures of a woman he claimed was McGee and encouraging them to send him similar photos. When boys did send him lewd photos and videos, he frequently distributed them others, including to at least one minor victim.

When one witness caught him sexting with teen boys, Burow claimed he worked for the Boone County Sheriff's Department's Cyber Crimes Task Force -- the agency that would eventually investigate and arrest him -- to capture online predators. Other witnesses saw Burow carrying and displaying nude photos of young boys on his phone, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Burow met many of his victims while working as a Boy Scouts leader in northeast Missouri and as a volunteer in Columbia.

"What is problematic for this court is you were in a position of trust," U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes told Burow, according to the Tribune. "Those individuals looked up to you."

Burow could see more jail time for preying on children. He is also facing state charges in Boone County of attempting to promote a sexual performance by a child, promoting a sexual performance by a child and sexual exploitation of a minor.

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