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12/23/2008

Former Austin-Area Scout Leader Headed to Prison

A former Austin-area Boy Scout leader accused of molesting as many as 12 boys has been sentenced to five years in prison in a case involving three brothers.

A judge yesterday also sentenced 64-year-old Martin Turner to 10 years of deferred adjudication probation on 1 of the charges.

Turner -- from the time he's released from prison until 2018 -- must report to a probation officer, stay away from children and undergo counseling.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that Turner, who has been free on bail since his 2006 arrest, apologized to "everyone who is in this courtroom ... for the pain that I have caused."

The allegations of abuse by Turner span more than 30 years.

Turner, who was removed as a Boy Scout leader in West Lake Hills, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of indecency with a child and one count of attempted indecency with a child.

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Michael Thompson, 6pm News Producer.

msthompson@kltv.com

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