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Ex-Boy Scouts leader pleads not guilty in sex case

PHOENIX — A former Boy Scouts leader in Phoenix has pleaded not guilty to
charges accusing him of sexual abuse of boys over three decades.

A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman says 66-year-old William John
Challberg pleaded not guilty on Monday. He faces 23 counts of sexual conduct
with a minor and of other crimes.

A second man charged in the case, 51-year-old Julian Mendoza, also pleaded not
guilty. He faces 10 counts.

Police say Mendoza lived with Challberg in Phoenix where many of alleged
offenses occurred between 1983 and 2003.

Police have alleged the men had inappropriate contact with at least five boys
who ranged in age from 9 to 16.

Police say one of the alleged victims was a Boy Scout while the others were
neighborhood children and friends.


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