was a Mormon church member and scout leader in Texas; accused of sexual abuse; convicted between 1991 and 1997 of indecency with a child by contact; victim was 6 years old at the time of the abuse; convicted in 2013 of third degree felony failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements; as of March 2024, lives in Port Lavaca, Texas as a registered sex offender

Case Summary

This case arose in 1991 in Texas (the date of the sexual abuse for which De Jean was convicted).

According to a March 1991 record in the “perversion files” of the Boy Scouts of America, LDS church member Prescott Louis De Jean III had five children of his own and was removed from scouting for “Pedophilia-life long.”

In September 1991, De Jean was charged with two counts of indecency with a child in Calhoun County, Texas.

De Jean was listed as having experience as a “Church youth program coordinator” prior to 1989.

A letter to Paul Ernst, National BSA from Jerry W. Stevens, scout executive states “Mr. DeJean has moved from this area some time ago. My contact with the LDS Church said he would notify his Bishop, who he knew must to informed. He said he felt that Mr. DeJean had been excommunicated, but they wanted to ascertain that nothing had occurred with the Troop members. I suggested this might be time to show ‘A Time to Tell’ once again. It is always good to see the system work. Sincerely, Jerry”

De Jean’s LDS branch president was also a local scout official and a local school superintendent. The LDS church may have excommunicated De Jean, but FLOODLIT has not been able to find any record of LDS leaders reporting De Jean’s abuse to police.

FLOODLIT is trying to get more details about the timeframe of some of the events in De Jean’s case. He was convicted between 1991 and 1997 of child sexual abuse.

In 2005, De Jean was arrested on a warrant charging him with violation of parole.

In 2013, De Jean was arrested by the Sherman, Texas Police Department for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

He pleaded guilty and was convicted of third degree felony failure to comply in the 15th District Court in Sherman and sentenced to 10 years in prison (suspended) and 5 years probation.

As of March 2024, De Jean lives in Port Lavaca, Texas as a registered sex offender.

Sources
  1. Prescott Louis De Jean - Perversion Files - LA Times
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  2. Arrested
    view source details | 25 May 2005 | Victoria Advocate
  3. DE-JEAN,PRESCOTT LOUIS III
    view source details | 4 Mar 2024 | Texas Department of Public Safety
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