Online files show Scouts hushed abuse cases

Many volunteers ruled ‘ineligible’ not prosecuted

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The BSA fought to keep its files confidential, but a judge ruled that they could be released, and in June, the Oregon Supreme Court upheld that ruling.

A similar court fight is occurring in Texas regarding “ineligible volunteer” files from 1985 to 2010.

A local Portland news station,, obtained 50 “perversion” files from the BSA from 1974 to 1991. It also found that local leaders were more apt to remove a suspected abuser quietly than report him to authorities.

In 1991, The Washington Times ran an award-winning five-part series, “Scout’s Honor,” on sex abuse in the BSA using computer files. At least 1,151 Scouts reported abuse by a leader over the past 19 years, “making sex abuse more common in Scouting than accidental deaths and serious injuries combined,” wrote Patrick Boyle, a former staff member at The Washington Times.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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