Monday, August 6, 2012

L.A. Times: Expelled Sexual Predators Allowed Back Into Boy Scout Program

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Internal documents from the Boy Scouts of America revealed more than 125 cases in which men suspected of molesting scouts allegedly continued with the organization, despite a blacklist exposing them as sexual predators.

The Los Angeles Times reports that more than 1,200 files from 1970 to 1991 found suspected abusers regularly remained with the organization after officials were first presented with sexual-misconduct allegations. Some of the alleged abusers falsified their identities, according to the files, while others took advantage of clerical errors and computer glitches to turn up at other Boy Scout troops.

In at least 50 cases, the Scouts expelled suspected abusers, only to discover they had re-entered the program and were accused of molesting again.

In response to the L.A. Times review, the organization released a statement saying: "The Boy Scouts of America believes even a single instance of abuse is unacceptable, and we regret there have been times when the BSA's best efforts to protect children were insufficient. For that, we are very sorry and extend our deepest sympathies to victims."

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