Files Released in Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Case
Posted on September 20, 2012 by Eugene Hollander
While churches across the United States have been rocked with sexual molestation
scandals, it appears that the Boy Scouts of America may be the next organization to battle many claims of sexual abuse. Recently, a jury in Oregon awarded a victim $20 million due to sexual molestation from a scout master. During the course of that litigation, the Oregon Supreme Court required that the Boy Scouts of America release files used as evidence in the case. The Los Angeles Times reviewed more than 1,200 files between 1970 through 1991 - they found more than 125 claims where victims were abused after the Boy Scouts were alerted with allegations of sexual molestation by a scoutmaster. The review indicated that the sexual offenders falsified data allowing them to join troops or jumped from troop to troop. One scoutmaster was expelled in 1970 for sexually molesting a boy. He was convicted of the crime, but was later able to join two other troops in Illinois. We anticipate that there will be many lawsuits in Illinois and other states against the Boy Scouts of America for sexual abuse.