Thursday, 14,500 pages of confidential files kept by the Boy Scouts of America on individuals suspected of child sex abuse were released by order of Oregon's highest court, according to the Associated Press.
A Portland, Ore., attorney, who won a landmark case against the Boy Scouts on behalf of a plaintiff molested by an assistant scoutmaster in the 1980s, released the documents to the public at kellyclarkattorney.com. The files cover a 20-year period, from 1965 to 1985.
But the Los Angeles Times, using the newly released files and other data from other cases, built a database and interactive map of its own.
That's where the Kennesaw cases are found.
Both cases involve Troop No. 485. According to the Times' database, which covers 1947 to January 2005, the Boy Scouts of America created files on the Kennesaw cases in 1994. The suspected sexual abuser in both cases is listed only by a number: 4127. No other information is available.
The Boy Scouts of America posted a statement on its website about the documents, known as the "ineligible volunteer" files.
"There have been instances where people misused their positions in Scouting to abuse children, and in certain cases, our response to these incidents and our efforts to protect youth were plainly insufficient, inappropriate, or wrong," national president Wayne Perry said. "Where those involved in Scouting failed to protect, or worse, inflicted harm on children, we extend our deepest apologies to victims and their families."
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