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Boy Scouts allowed to keep sexual abuse files private

Boy Scouts allowed to keep sexual abuse files private

DALLAS | Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:26pm EST

DALLAS (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America has won a temporary reprieve from turning over more than 25 years of confidential files that describe sexual abuse complaints against adult volunteers with one of the country's largest youth organizations.

Attorneys for a teenage boy who says he was assaulted by a former scoutmaster filed suit in San Antonio against the Boy Scouts and are seeking files from 1985 to 2011.

The 4th Texas Court of Appeals issued a stay on Thursday that temporarily halts an August ruling by State District Judge Martha Tanner of San Antonio ordering the Irving, Texas-based Boy Scouts to turn over the "ineligible volunteer" files.

"We will file a response but it is up the Court of Appeals to decide what is going to happen," said Paul Mones, an attorney for the teen.

Mones, of Portland, Oregon, helped obtain the release of the Boy Scouts' "ineligible volunteer" files from 1965 to 1985. Those files, key to a lawsuit that ordered the organization to pay $20 million in damages, were released in October.

The files were kept confidential to protect scouts, Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith said.

"We maintain our ineligible volunteer files solely to help our organization remove and keep out individuals deemed to be unfit leaders," he said. "The BSA believes confidentiality of the files helps to encourage prompt reporting of abuse."

by Anonymousreply 512/02/2012

You are only as sick as your secret

by Anonymousreply 212/01/2012

In other Boy Scouts news:

Boy Scouts' opposition to background checks let pedophiles in

by Anonymousreply 312/01/2012

Notice how they didn't identify the judges involved in this decision.

by Anonymousreply 412/02/2012

Cops are corrupted by the Catholic Church and Scientology too, so why not this cult.

by Anonymousreply 512/02/2012
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