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Scouts must hand over possible sex-abuse files

SANTA BARBARA — A judge overseeing a lawsuit brought by the family of a California boy molested by his troop leader in 2007 has ordered the Boy Scouts of America to hand over confidential files detailing accusations of sexual abuse by Scout leaders across the nation.

The Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge said last month that the Irving, Texas-based organization must turn over the past 20 years’ worth of records by Friday, with victims’ names removed, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. The files will not be made public.

Known as “ineligible volunteer files,” the documents have been maintained since the 1920s and are intended to keep suspected molesters and others accused of misconduct out of Scouting.

Scouts officials have resisted releasing them and won’t discuss their contents, citing the privacy rights of victims and the fact that many files are based on unproven accusations. The officials deny that the files have been used to conceal sexual abuse.

UTAH

Smart marries early to avoid publicity

SALT LAKE CITY — Elizabeth Smart married her fiance Saturday at a Mormon temple in Hawaii, several months ahead of scheduled plans for the nuptials after news of her engagement last month drew widespread media attention.

A family spokesman said the Utah woman who was kidnapped at knifepoint at age 14 and held captive for nine months married Matthew Gilmour on Oahu’s North Shore.

“Elizabeth’s desire was for what most women want - to celebrate her nuptials in a private wedding with family and close friends,” family spokesman Chris Thomas said in a statement. “She decided, about a week ago, the best way to avoid significant distraction was to change her wedding plans and to get married in an unscheduled ceremony outside of Utah.”

The 24-year-old Ms. Smart is a senior at Brigham Young University. She met Mr. Gilmour, of Aberdeen, Scotland, while doing Mormon missionary work in Paris.

“The bride and groom were beaming as they left the LDS Temple,” Mr. Thomas added, noting the couple planned to go on an extended honeymoon in an undisclosed location.

NEW MEXICO

Woman to go on trial in theft of $2 pumpkin

ALBUQUERQUE — A 23-year-old college student from New Mexico is scheduled to go to trial on charges that she stole a pumpkin worth $2.

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