Boy Scout troop adviser showed pornographic videos to Scouts, Sunrise police say

Police: Mark Kern showed Scouts photo, video from his cellphone

SUNRISE, Fla. – A troop adviser for a local group of Boy Scouts has been charged after he allegedly showed pornographic videos to a group of Scouts, Sunrise police said.

Mark Kern, 48, was acting as a Boy Scout troop adviser for Boy Scout Troop 309 on Nov. 16.

Police said Kern was in charge of a group of Boy Scouts who were distributing beverages from within a beverage trailer at St. Bernard's Church on Sunset Strip.

While inside the beverage trailer, Kern became engaged in a conversation with the group of Scouts.

Police said at that time Kern showed the Scouts a photograph of a naked woman.

Kern then displayed several pornographic video clips of adults having sexual intercourse, according to the arrest report.

Five boys spoke this week about the incident and the items that were on Kern's cellphone, which was used to display the video clips, police said.

Authorities made contact with Kern at his home. Police said he voluntarily went to the Sunrise Police Department to provide a statement. He admitted to speaking with the Boy Scouts and showing pornographic video clips from his cellphone.

Kern was charged with two counts of displaying obscene material to juveniles. Police said he was taken to the Broward County Main Jail Facility.

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