Boy Scout Sex Abuse Files Include Local Cases
By AP/WestKyStar Staff
PORTLAND, OR - A trove of some 14,500 pages from the Boy Scouts' so-called "perversion files" have been made public, and the files show that on numerous occasions local officials helped cover up abuse allegations.
A Portland attorney held a news conference on Thursday after which he made the files available.
The documents date from 1959 to 1985. This is the first time the earliest documents — those from 1959 to 1971 — have been made public.
The documents show that in many instances the files succeeded in keeping pedophiles out of Scouting, but many times they did not.
The lists don't have names for many of the people involved, but assigned unique ID numbers for them. In the list below for abuses that occurred in our area, the year indicates when the file was created about the leader, not necessarily the year the abuse happened.
Cases in southern Illinois:
1 file created for Carterville in 1993.
2 files created for the same person in Marion in 1989.
1 file created for Mound City in 1993.
2 files created for West Frankfort in 1989 (two different individuals).
Cases in western Kentucky:
5 files created for Benton - 1989, 1995, 1997, two in 1998 for the same person.
1 file created for Murray in 1988.
Cases in northwest Tennesee:
1 file created for Paris in 1989.
3 files created in Clarksville - one in 1996, and two for the same person in 2001.
Cases in southeast Missouri:
1 file created in Benton in 2002.
1 file created in Chaffee, MO in 1973.
1 file created in Dexter in 2002.
1 file created in East Prairie in 1992.
Some cases had court documentation with them that showed prosecution or conviction of the men, but none of the above files had those details.
See the searchable list and map at http://spreadsheets.latimes.com/boyscouts-cases/ .