Boy Scouts to release 'Perversion Files' to the public

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 10:48am

"Perversion files" kept for decades by the Boy Scouts of America are scheduled to be released for public inspection Thursday by a Portland, Oregon attorney.

The thousands of pages of documents contained in 1200 files dated from 1965 to 1985, show how the Boy Scouts dealt with men who were accused of molesting children.

"What we're looking at here represents as many as 6,000 to 24,000 boys abused in Boy Scouting," said attorney Kelly Clark, who reviewed and redacted the documents after a judge ruled in June, 2012 that the public has a right to see them.

The ruling was triggered by a 2007 lawsuit filed by Clark on behalf of former Boy Scout Kerry Lewis of Oregon.

Lewis, now 40, sued the Boy Scouts of America on grounds that they failed to protect him from the abuse he suffered as a young teen at the hands of his assistant scoutmaster in the 1980s.

Boy Scouts executives at the group's national headquarters in Irving, Texas began compiling the files nearly 100 years ago for the purpose of keeping child predators out of Scouting's ranks.

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