By Sam Stanton, Phillip Reese and Kim Minugh Secret files maintained for decades by the Boy Scouts of America contain references to 13 former Scout leaders in the Sacramento region, including three who were notoriously arrested and accused of trying to form a local chapter of the North American Man Boy Love Association. The files, which date from the early 1960s to 1985, name men from Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Roseville, North Highlands and outlying areas from Lodi to Chico. At least one of the men appears to still live in the Sacramento area, although he could not be located Thursday. John Norman Olson, 63, is on the state's sex offender registry, listed as being convicted of oral copulation with a minor under 16. Olson was one of four men – three of them Sacramento Scout leaders – who were arrested by sheriff's detectives in 1985 and accused of molesting boys ranging in age from 7 to 17. Olson and the others were accused of plotting to form a chapter of TLPG, a group that has advocated legalizing sex between men and boys. Unlike some cases uncovered by the court-ordered release of the files Thursday, there are no indications that Scout leaders in Sacramento tried to cover up the allegations in that instance. Instead, the files show Scout leaders learned of the problem after the men were arrested. "Information has come to my attention indicating that you have three scout leaders who are accused of being members in the Man Boy Love Association," reads a Dec. 4, 1985, letter to then-Golden Empire Council Scout executive Larry Leighton. "Membership in this would certainly preclude any registration with the Boy Scouts of America." Bee archives show that one of the men, Terrance James Maddock, was sentenced in 1986 to 12 years in prison for molesting two young boys. Maddock, a laborer, had been a Boy Scout volunteer for four months before his arrest. A third man named in the documents, Lawrence Steven Jones, also was arrested in the 1985 case. The Golden Empire district covers 16 Northern California counties ranging in territory from north of Redding to just north of Galt. Golden Empire Scout executive Jim Martin said he had not seen the files and referred questions to the Boy Scouts national office. In recent years, national leaders have emphasized that the organization has instituted policies to guard against molestation, including mandatory reporting for suspected child abuse and a requirement that children be accompanied by at least two adults at all times. Like many files related to cases in other parts of the country, the ones involving Sacramento-area leaders leave open to question whether suspected molesters were ever reported to authorities or merely held in confidence by the Scouts. In 1973, for instance, the Scouts investigated an area Scouting official for "homosexual activities involving scouts," but the files do not indicate the case was reported to law enforcement. That official, David B. Pease, who was listed as an Eagle Scout, the organization's highest rank for boys, was described in 1973 as being "about 40" and having served in his position for slightly more than two months. He resigned from the Scouts on Feb. 14, 1973, "due to personal reasons," the files state. The resignation occurred one day after a Scouting official filed an internal report saying he had investigated allegations that Pease lured two Scouts to his apartment and tried to assault one of them. The files were released on the website of a law firm that battled the Scouts for access to them, but demand was so great Thursday that the site crashed throughout the day. The Bee obtained eight of the 13 Sacramento-area files from the Los Angeles Times, which has compiled
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