Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Idaho Men Say They Were Sexually Abused as Boys, Sue LDS Church, Boy Scouts

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 9:27 AM

The defendants are known only as John Doe I, John Doe II, John Doe III and John Doe IV.

But the men and their attorneys have launched a high-profile lawsuit in federal court against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America, accusing the institutions of not protecting them from the abuse they suffered at the hand of their scout leaders.

The lawsuit says that the LDS Church went as far as making scout membership an official part of the so-called Aaronic Priesthood, a church ritual that allows boys to give communion to church members, collect money for the poor and perform many acts of service. The lawsuit alleges that LDS church leaders were in charge of oversight of Boy Scout leaders.

But the four men allege that the LDS Church knew that some of its scout leaders "had molested boys in the past and that it nevertheless continued to put boys in harm's way," according to the Associated Press.

The quartet of men said they were about 12 or 14 years old when they they were abused on scout camping trips.

"Just by a review of the information contained in the Boy Scouts' own records and from newspaper stories, there were at least 15 pedophile Scout leaders in southern Idaho and Lewiston," attorney Andrew Chasan said in a prepared statement.

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