Arrest warrant details allegations against Thompson Boy Scout leader accused of abuse

David Kress

THOMPSON, Conn. (WTNH)– Five alleged victims have come forward with disturbing allegations against their Boy Scout leader. He’s due in Danielson Superior Court next Wednesday, but the information is out now.

It is information 52-year-old David Kress may have never wanted to get out. But the allegations are now detailed in recently released court papers.

One alleged victim, who says he was between 11- and 14-years-old when the abuse happened, says Kress told him he “had to take this to his grave,” while another Boy Scout says, “Kress showed him a gun and told him that it was for his parents if he talked.”

Each boy told police Kress “would give him alcohol and would then give him a massage” before the abuse which happened at Kress’ house, at homes where he installed cabinets, on camping trips, and at Nichols College in Massachusetts, where Kress once worked as a security guard.

“It happened a minimum of 50 times,” said one scout.

Another told police, “too many to count.”

“When I was younger, the Boy Scout leader that I had, he molested a couple of my friends,” said Johnny Italia, who now lives near the Danielson courthouse.

He says that it happened in the Hartford area and that that Boy Scout leader was arrested.

After talking with police, David Kress was brought to a local hospital for an emergency committal because of threats he made to harm himself. He told police “he could help himself by putting a bullet in his head.”

“I just feel bad, like I said, for the victims,” said Italia. “It isn’t fair cause they’re helpless.”

One victim tells police while he was being molested in a shower at Nichols College, another scout leader walked in. The victim said “he was relieved it would finally be over.” But he says Kress told the witness “he was checking (the victim) for a bruise, and (the witness) walked away and never said anything.”

Police later asked that scout leader if he remembered seeing anything inappropriate or if he saw Kress in the shower with a camper. “He said he did not.”

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