Editorial: Clearing up some details

By on June 5, 2014

We’ve received a few calls about a story we ran last week regarding Elburn resident Peter LaSalle Jr., who was arrested last month and charged in connection with child sex crimes in Virginia. Therefore, we’d like to use this week’s editorial space to clear up a couple of details that were mentioned in the story, which appeared on page 1A and 2A of the May 29 edition.

First, for those who are unaware, LaSalle was taken into custody on May 16 after authorities in Staunton, Va., issued a warrant for his arrest, charging him with two counts of online solicitation of a minor, and one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor. Staunton police asked the Elburn Police Department to assist in taking him into custody.

The confusion with our story concerns LaSalle’s former role with Elburn Pack 107 Cub Scouts, as he was a den leader with the troop, but never served as an adult leader with the organization. In the story, we reported that Mr. LaSalle was a former Scout Master.

LaSalle’s attorney, James A. Shapiro, noted in the story that the allegations against his client do not involve his work with the Cub Scouts or Elburn Youth Baseball and Softball League (EYBSL). LaSalle was a former board member for the league.

It is our hope that this editorial will eliminate any and all confusion regarding LaSalle’s former role with Elburn Pack 107 Cub Scouts. But if you do have additional questions regarding the LaSalle story or any other articles that have been featured in the Elburn Herald, you should contact editor Keith Beebe at (630) 365-6446.

As always, our No. 1 goal is to feature news reports that are fair and accurate.