Wednesday 61-year-old Kenneth Prince was arrested and charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. South Ogden police announced they had arrested Prince after a man came forward claiming he had been sexually abused back in the 1980s; at that time Prince a teacher and was a Boy Scout leader.
South Ogden Police Chief Darin Parke told ABC 4 Utah, "He was a science teacher obviously had considerable opportunities to be with students and so that's where the concern from the school is from."
The statute of limitations has run out in that case, but police believe there are other cases that can be prosecuted.
"The cases we're hoping to get people to come forward on are from 1990 to present,” said Chief Parke. “Anything in that area would definitely be of interest."
Police aren't saying if the new allegations date back to that period, but the accusers did say they were students and some Boy Scouts when the crime occurred.
A spokesperson for the South Ogden Boy Scouts told ABC 4 Utah, "Mr. Prince has not been a registered leader with the Trapper Trails Council since 2003. As soon as we were made aware of the situation with Mr. Prince by law enforcement, immediate steps were taken to remove his ability to ever again register with the Boy Scouts of America," said Allen Endicott, Scout Executive Trapper Trails Council.
Police now say the day after Prince was charged he attempted to take his own life by ingesting mercury. He called 911 around 3 a.m. saying he had attempted suicide and needed medical help.
At the time he was in Logan in a home that belonged to his family. When crews arrived they found a note prince had left behind.
Logan Assistant Police Chief Jeff Curtis confirmed, "There was a note indicating that he was sorry for what he had done, apologizing to family and friends."
Police aren't saying what condition Prince is currently in. He's due in court to answer to the charges against him on October 2nd.