By MARK GILLISPIE
Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) - A former Ohio Boy Scout leader has received 30 years in federal prison for secretly recording boys inside pool locker rooms and his home and for distributing child pornography.

Thirty-nine-year-old Thomas Close, of Shelby, was sentenced Wednesday in Cleveland after pleading guilty in September to multiple counts of sexual exploitation of children, receiving and distributing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Prosecutors say Close, whose nickname was “Aqua Joe" for his role as a swim instructor, recorded boys from 2011 through 2018. Investigators say Close shared videos online of boys he recorded changing clothes before and after swimming and showering.

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