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charges that the Boy Scouts of America concealed the crimes of hundreds of child molesters in its ranks from 1970 to 1991.
Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith argues that focusing on a relatively small number of decades-old cases, when five million boys participate in the Boy Scouts every year, distorts the organization's record, and notes that the Scouts now require members "to report even suspicion of abuse directly to local law enforcement." How extensive was the alleged cover-up, and what, if anything, should be done about it now?
They contend that the Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knew that there were child molesters in the Boy Scouts, but they covered up the danger instead of letting parents and children know about the risk.
The BSA is outraged there have been times when Scouts were abused and we sincerely apologize to victims and their families,” the Boy Scouts wrote in the statement.
The attorneys bringing the lawsuit – Gilion Dumas and Ashley Vaughn of Portland and Andrew Chasan and Timothy Walton of Boise – have represented several other men who brought an earlier lawsuit against the Boy Scouts and the LDS church over sexual abuse.
As in the earlier lawsuit, the attorneys contend that the Boy Scouts of America, or BSA, kept files on Scoutmasters accused of sexual misconduct, but it didn’t reveal that information to parents, volunteers or others.
In 1983, Schmidt was convicted of lewd conduct with a minor.
Schmidt was one of a group of Boy Scouts leaders in Idaho troops sponsored by the Mormon church who were accused of sexually abusing children in the 1970s and ’80s.
The Boy Scouts “engaged in a decades-long public relations campaign to represent to the government, the public, and the Scouting community, including Plaintiffs and their families, that Scouting was a safe and morally upright program that was physically, emotionally, and spiritually beneficial for boys,” the attorneys wrote in the lawsuit.All five of the men were in troops in the Boise or Lewiston regions.Vaughn said the men hope other witnesses or victims of abuse will come forward with information as well.BOISE – Five men who say they were sexually abused as kids while in the Boy Scouts of America are suing the organization and the Mormon church because they say both groups fraudulently presented the Boy Scouts as a safe, wholesome activity for boys. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our youth members.
LDS church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement, “We have only recently learned about this legal action, and will take time to understand it fully and to respond as appropriate.” The Boy Scouts of America said in a statement that the behavior included in the allegations is abhorrent, and that the organization has strengthened its efforts to protect youth in the years since the abuse occurred.In 400 of those cases, there was no indication that the organization notified police. In one 1982 case, for instance, a Michigan Boy Scout camp director said his bosses, learning of an abuse charge, told him to "keep it quiet" to protect the reputations of the Scouts and the staff member accused of the crime.