A 68-year-old man who worked as an assistant scoutmaster of a New Jersey boy scout troop has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing children, according to the Cape May City Police Department.
Frank L. "Sandy" Thomson, of Cape May City, was an assistant scoutmaster with a Boy Scout Troop in West Cape May at the time of his arrest. Thompson was also serving as the treasurer at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Cape May.
Thomson is charged with aggravated sexual contact, luring/enticing a child and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
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On July 16, a tipster called the Cape May Prosecutor's Office to report suspicious activity regarding Thomson and an 11-year-old boy, according to police. The Prosecutor's Office's Special Victims Unit and Cape May City Police then launched an investigation into Thomson.
Investigators interviewed a number of witnesses and found that Thomson was buying the child expensive gifts and "grooming" him for sexual purposes, police said. The interviews also led investigators to a second boy who was sexually assaulted by Thomson years ago, authorities added.
Thomson is being held in the Cape May County Correctional Center on $175,000 cash bail.
Police are continuing to investigate Thomson, and Cape May Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor urged anyone with information on the case to contact his office at 609-465-1135.