Former Durham scout leader agrees to child sex crimes plea deal

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A Durham Boy Scout leader accused of sex crimes against children appeared in court Wednesday to agree to a plea deal.

John Herbert Adams
John Herbert Adams

Former scout leader John Herbert Adams, 50, of Bahama, was sentenced to minimum 12 years in prison and sex offender treatment as part of the deal.

The Durham district attorney also requests Adams register as sex offender after release from prison and have no contact with the victim.

Adams’ wife spoke to the judge saying her husband has a sex addiction and was too embarrassed to get help.

Defense Jonathan Wilson said Adams’ wife plans to stay with her husband.

“She was trying to avoid this situation. She’s been a good wife to him. She’s going to be with him until he gets out,” Wilson said.

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office said Adams took nude photos of a girl between the age of 3 and 4 years old sometime between January 2010 and April 2014.

Adams was originally charged in April 2014 with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and indecent liberties of a child.

Upon learning of the arrest, the Boy Scouts of America dismissed Adams from his position.

Adams began serving his sentence immediately.

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