Monday, August 6, 2012

Boy Scouts and Sexual Predators

Internal documents from the Boy Scouts of America reveal more than 125
cases in which men suspected of molestation allegedly continued to abuse 
Scouts, despite a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators. 
A Los Angeles Times review of more than 1,200 files from 1970 to 1991
found suspected abusers regularly remained in the organization after
officials were first presented with sexual misconduct allegations. 

Predators moved from troop to troop because of clerical errors, computer
glitches or the Scouts' failure to check the blacklist, known as the
“perversion files," the newspaper said. 

In at least 50 cases, the Scouts expelled suspected abusers, only to discover 
they had re-entered the organization and were accused of molesting again. 
In other cases, officials failed to document reports of abuse in the first place, 
letting offenders stay in the program until new allegations came to light, the 
Times reported. 

One scoutmaster was expelled in 1970 for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old 
boy in Indiana. After being convicted of the crime, he went on to join two 
troops in Illinois between 1971 and 1988. He later admitted to molesting 
more than 100 boys, was convicted of the sexual assault of a Scout in 1989 
and was sentenced to 100 years in prison, according to his file and court 

In 1991, a Scout leader convicted of abusing a boy in Minnesota returned to 
his old troop shortly after getting out of jail. 

Many of the files will soon be made public as a result of an Oregon Supreme 
Court decision. The Associated Press, the New York Times, the Oregonian 
and other media outlets petitioned for the release of 1,247 files from 1965 to 
1984 that had been admitted as sealed evidence in a 2010 lawsuit. 

The Times analyzed a set of files that were submitted in a California court 
case in 1992. Their contents vary but often include biographical information 
on the accused, witness statements, police reports, parent complaints, news 
clippings, and correspondence between local Boy Scout officials and 
national headquarters, according to the newspaper.

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