Roane County ‘assistant Girl Scout troop leader’ charged with child sex abuse

West Virginia
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A Roane County man is facing several felony charges following a lengthy investigation into disturbing child sexual abuse claims. 

Deputies said Keith Allen Tanner, 35, of Spencer, admitted to sending lewd photos of himself to a 12-year-old girl. 

Tanner was taken into custody on Saturday, January 27. 

Deputies added that Tanner claimed to be the assistant Girl Scout troop leader in Spencer, West Virginia. 

While being questioned about the allegations, deputies said Tanner admitted to having physical contact with the same child during a Girl Scout meeting in November of 2017. 

Tanner is charged with child erotica, distributing or displaying obscene matter to a minor, and sexual abuse by a parent or guardian. 

Authorities said Tanner has had access to a number of children and there may be other victims in the case that have not yet come forward. 

Tanner is being held at Central Regional Jail.

If you have any information in the case, you’re asked to contact deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Department. 

Our sister, 13 News, has reached out to the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council for comment. So far, we have not heard back. 

Stay with us for updates on this developing story. 

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