Houston man, formerly involved with Boy Scouts of America, charged with child sex assault

HOUSTON — The Houston Police Department has arrested a man charged with continuous sexual assault of a child.

Ulf Gerrit Lueders, 41, is also charged with online solicitation of a minor.

HPD said Lueders was involved with the Boy Scouts of America's Sam Houston Area Council and had ample access to children. He was associated with Troop 111, Ship 846 and Crew 762 in north Houston.

The suspect was taken into custody Monday after he reached out to a minor with intentions of having sex with the child, court documents stated.

Lueders was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child on Aug. 18 after the suspect allegedly had a sexual interaction with a girl younger than 14 years old, according to a police report.

In another incident, the suspect is also accused of having sexual contact twice in June 2010 with a girl younger than 14 years old. He's also suspected of having sexual interactions with the victim in January 2014. He's also charged with indecency with a child in relation to the incident.

Investigators believe there may be additional victims and are asking anyone whose children had interaction with Lueders to speak with their children.

The suspect's bail is set at $10,000 for the online solicitation charges.

Anyone with information regarding additional victims or whose children who may have had contact with Leuders to contact the HPD Special Victims Division at 713-830-3254 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

The Boy Scouts of America Sam Houston Area Council released the following statement:

“The behavior included in these allegations is abhorrent and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. We were shocked to learn of these allegations and took immediate action to remove this individual and prohibit him from any future participation in our programs. We are working closely with law enforcement on this matter and encourage any victims to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.   

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our youth members. We seek to prevent child abuse through comprehensive policies and procedures to serve as barriers to abuse. These include a thorough screening process for adult leaders and staff, criminal background checks, requiring two or more adult leaders be present with youth at all times during Scouting activities, and the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse.

“The BSA offers assistance with counseling to any Scout, former Scout, or the family member of any Scout who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting. The BSA has a dedicated 24/7 Scouts First Hotline at 1-844-726-8871 and email contact address (scouts1st@scouting.org) for these sensitive matters and to report any suspicions of inappropriate behavior.”