Ex-Scout leader gets 7-plus years in prison for child porn

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former Boy Scout leader from western Pennsylvania has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

Forty-one-year-old Christopher Sokiera (soh-KEER'-uh) apologized to the child victims depicted in his collection, his parents, the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts before receiving the 87-month sentence Thursday from a federal judge in Pittsburgh.

Defense attorney Frank Walker II says Sokiera passed a lie detector test when he denied collecting any pornography relating to the Boy Scouts. Walker says Sokiera apologized to the organization and others for "shaming" them by his conduct.

He had been a volunteer and adviser for the NIscha Nimat chapter in the Beaver Valley and Seneca districts of the Boy Scouts before his arrest last year.

Sokiera will report to prison in a few weeks.