Parents: Den Mother exhibited 'predatory behavior' while with Boy Scouts

(SOURCE: Police)
(SOURCE: Police)

MARION, AR (WMC) - As a Boy Scouts den mother is charged with sexual indecency, computer child pornography, the alleged victim's parents said the claims made by Boy Scouts of America representatives are false.

Christian McCafferty, 38, is a former den mother and scout leader in Marion, Arkansas.

Boy Scouts of American Scouting Executive Richard Fisher told WMC Action News 5 that McCafferty is no longer with the organization.

"She has been removed from scouting quite some time ago. It's our understanding that this incident has nothing to do with the Boy Scouts," Fisher said.

However, the victim's parents disagree and said the statement is simply not true.

"After discovering a series of video chats from Christina McCafferty directed to our son, we met with representatives of the Boy Scouts of America to reveal to them a pattern of disturbing behavior. McCafferty was separated from BSA within days of that meeting," the parents said in a written statement. "The statements provided by representatives of BSA in response to McCafferty's arrest that her targets were children not connected to the Scouts are simply false. Our child was, in fact, a member of Christina McCafferty's troop and there is every indication that her predatory behavior began long before she was released from BSA."

Boy Scouts of America declined to respond to the parents' comment.

On Saturday, Fisher said Boy Scouts of America has the most comprehensive youth protection program in the country.

"Youth protection is critical for our organization. We want to make sure all of our youth members in the program are safe," he said.

The alleged victim's parents said McCafferty gave their son multiple portable devices so she could contact him without their knowledge. They said she used other minors to pass along information and messages at school, and asked friends to provide her with a cover story if ever questioned.

Marion Police Department said it doesn't believe there are any other alleged victims and that the investigation does not include any activity directly related to McCafferty's affiliation with Boy Scouts of America.

Copyright 2017 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.