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, KING5.com, 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.