Local Suspects Among Boy Scout Leaders Accused of Sexual Abuse

As part of the settlement in a multi-million-dollar sex abuse case, 'perversion' files containing information on thousands of possible crimes were released Thursday.

At least two cases of possible sexual abuse by Venice Boy Scout troop leaders and volunteers are part of the organization's so-called "perversion" files released Thursday to the public.

For decades, the Boy Scouts of America kept the files as a way to keep volunteers suspected of inappropriate sexual behavior away from children. The cases were not shared with parents or police.

The files became public Thursday as part of an $18.5-million settlement between the Boy Scouts and a victim.

Specific details and reports - including names of the accused - were not included.The names and details of all the cases are sealed, many of them hidden from police and even parents and only discovered through lawsuits, are part of a database created through years of reporting at the Los Angeles Times.

In Venice, two different people were involved in sexual abuse cases.

The Los Angeles Times has created a list of the cases by year, city, state and troop number. The newspaper's list includes the time period covered by today's release - 1965 to 1985 - but also other accusations and documents gathered and released in various court cases.

Here is a list of the Venice cases, according to the Times' files.

According to the Times, the accused are identified below by name when files are available and by a unique number otherwise. If the same person is associated with more than one troop or unit, that name or number is repeated. Dates mark when the Boy Scouts created the file, not when the incidents are alleged to have occurred.


Name or ID   Year    City Troop # #981
Venice 34 #542 1978 Venice  

Saltwater October 20, 2012 at 03:40 PM
This is really sad news but it does should not come as a surprise that child molesters and perverts gravitate to places like schools and organizations for children. That said, I'm still proud of my 12 years as an adult volunteer in BSA and my son who is an Eagle Scout. Our troop always practiced the two-deep leadership plan. That's where there's never less than two adults with alone with any of the scouts. Regardless, anyone who abuses children should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.


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