Kennesaw Part of Boy Scout 'Perversion Files'

The Boy Scouts of America created files on the Kennesaw cases in 1994.

Los Angeles Times database with information about thousands of leaders and volunteers ex­pelled from the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica amid sus­pi­cions of sexu­al ab­use includes two cases from Kennesaw.

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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Kristi Vinson October 21, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I was dismayed to see this as a Breaking News Alert on Patch. I feel Breaking News Alerts should be reserved for current issues of critical timing such as missing persons, accidents, crimes in progress, warnings of inclement weather, etc. Speaking to the Perversion Files from 1994, as an active Scouter and involved parent of Scouting for many years in Kennesaw, I can say the BSA has worked tirelessly to enhance it's child protection policies. All volunteers must complete a rigorous application and screening process and background check. All volunteers are required to complete a youth protection program. The BSA requires two-deep leadership, meaning no Scout should ever be alone with an adult leader. This policy is taught to both leaders and Scouts. The BSA requires we maintain separate facilities for youth and adults for sleeping, showering, and restrooms at all Scout activities. All Scouting activities are open to parents. These and additional efforts are designed to ensure a safe environment for children in Scouting. I believe the BSA has learned and implemented a great deal about youth protection since its inception. We are a strong organization which builds young men of strength and character and contributes a great deal to our community. Save the breaking news alerts for issues of immediate concern.


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