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In April 2010, a jury ordered the Scouts to pay $18.5 million to Kerry Lewis, the victim of sex abuse by a former assistant scoutmaster in Portland in the early 1980s. It was the largest payment awarded in a sex abuse case involving the Scouts. The jury decided the Boy Scouts were negligent for allowing former assistant scoutmaster Timur Dykes to associate with Scouts, including Mr. Lewis, after Dykes admitted to a Scouts official in 1983 that he had molested 17 boys, according to court records.

The OregonSupreme Court ruled that a jury should be allowed to look at the files during the case. They were permitted to see about 1,000 files.

Mr. Lewis’ attorneys argued that the Scouts should have brought the files out into the open decades ago.