MAYS LANDING — A former Boy Scout leader from Absecon convicted of sexually assaulting and photographing five boys during a 16-year period was sentenced Thursday to 85 years in prison.

Brian Killion, 41, was found guilty in September on 34 counts including aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession and manufacturing of child pornography.

During the sentencing hearing, Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr. merged several of the charges, adding that a serious sentence was needed given that Killion molested children nearly continuously for 16 years.

“It is a certainty that he will offend again if given access to additional victims,” the judge said before handing down the sentence.

DeLury noted that Killion had refused to undergo an evaluation at the Avenel Adult Diagnostic & Treatment Center before the trial but that his refusal did not factor into his decision.

During the sentencing hearing in Mays Landing, several victims’ family members read letters to the court, expressing their anger and hurt at what Killion had done to their children.

Afterward, the mother of one of the victims said justice was served.

“I’m elated,” said Kelly Cuci. “My son was one of the victims who actually turned Mr. Killion in 4½ years ago. Eighty-five years, that’s wonderful.”

None of the victims spoke during the hearing, but a letter one of them wrote was read in court, describing the anxiety, anger and mistrust he deals with on a daily basis.

Cuci said she was aware of several victims who declined to come forward and said there could be as many as 30 all together.

“If there are any children in this trial or in any trial that haven’t come forward, if you have been sexually molested, go to your parents,” she said. “Your parents are not going to criticize you or yell at you for something that you may have thought you did or maybe took so long to tell them. You were just afraid, and it’s OK to be afraid. Tell someone. If you can’t tell your parents, tell a counselor, tell the police.”

According to state and federal records, Killion began preying on young boys in 1997, assaulting them on camping trips and taking explicit photos of them in his home. He used cash and trips to Broadway to cover up his crimes.

He was arrested in July 2010. Authorities found 3,500 child pornography images and videos in his possession at the time.

The victims’ ages at the time of the assaults ranged from 11 to 15 years old.

Before the sentencing, DeLury denied a motion for a new trial by Killion’s attorney.

Killion maintained he was innocent of all charges and did not react to any of the letters read in court.

“I still state that I am not guilty of all charges,” he said before the sentencing.

Killion was credited with 1,352 days of time served. Federal charges are still pending in U.S. District Court.

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