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Randy Miller Jr

A Livingston Parish Boy Scout leader has been arrested on more than 500 counts of possessing child pornography.

Randy D. Miller Jr., 49, of Denham Springs, was arrested Tuesday morning and booked into the Livingston Parish Jail on a $50 million bond.

A brief statement issued Tuesday afternoon by the Attorney General's Office did not outline the circumstances of the crimes but said the investigation is ongoing.

Miller was involved in the Baton Rouge-area sector of the Boy Scouts of America, called the Istrouma Area Council, according to the organization's website.

The website lists Randy Miller as a district Pinewood Derby host, and the phone number provided for Miller is the same as that listed in online telephone records for Miller.

Miller’s position oversaw the event for the Nawaganti District, which encompasses Livingston, East and West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes in Louisiana and Wilkinson County in Mississippi.

The Boy Scouts of America released a statement Tuesday evening declining to specify Miller's involvement in the organization, but confirming he has been removed and prohibited from any participation in its programs.

"We were shocked and disturbed to learn about the allegations against this individual," the statement reads. "These actions are reprehensible and run counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands."

The statement says the organization requires two youth-protection trained adults to be present with youth at all times and bans one-on-one situations where adults would have interactions alone with children either online or through online-based forums. The organization also bans the use of cellphones and recording devices near bathrooms and shower houses, and screens adult leaders and staff through background checks, according to the statement.

The arrest was the result of a joint investigation with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, State Police, Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Email Emma Kennedy at ekennedy@theadvocate.com.