- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland man who says he was molested by his Scout leader in the mid-1970s has filed a lawsuit seeking $5.3 million against the Boy Scouts of America.

The suit filed Wednesday says the national Scouting office allowed the Portland branch to hire Calvin Malone, even though he had previously been banned from Scouting for providing alcohol to minors.

Oregon law allows victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue until they reach 40, or within five years of the time they realize the harm that was caused by the abuse. The suit says the plaintiff made the realization this year.

Attorneys for the plaintiff said officials from the national Boy Scouts office sent a personal and confidential’ letter to the head of the Portland office, asking it to be on the lookout for anything about Malone that might be a cause for a concern.

“Unfortunately, there is no indication that the Boy Scouts gave any similar warnings to the parents or boys in the troop that Malone took charge,” said attorney Steve Crew, one of the plaintiff’s lawyers.

As a district aide with the Boy Scouts in 1975 and 1976, Malone took boys on trips to Washington and California in a van. The suit alleges that Malone encouraged the boys to drink “to the point of gross intoxication” until many passed out.

The suit identifies the plaintiff by a pseudonym, “Jim Smith,” and it says he was 11 and 12 at the time of the abuse.

Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America, told The Oregonian (https://is.gd/dYCb9U ) he could not comment on the pending litigation.

“The abuse of a child runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands,” he said.

The newspaper reported that Malone was convicted of rape and child molestation in 1993 and is being held in a special detention facility for sex offenders in Washington state. He had been scheduled for release in September of 2012, but the Washington State Attorney General’s Office invoked a special legal provision to keep Malone civilly committed.

He also served as a Scout leader in Washington, Montana, California, Alabama, Germany and Switzerland.

The Associated Press does not generally name alleged victims of sexual abuse.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com


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