An Abuse Survivor’s Tale

Peter Marghella, a US Navy medical officer, recalls sitting in his tent in the sweltering heat of Bahrain during the Gulf War, unable to cope with the increasing panic attacks that came over him like tidal waves: I took out the pistol and I cocked it and I put it in my mouth. I was […]

Boy Scout Council in New York Failed to Report Sex Abuse to Police

In 2104, the Hudson Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America knew two adult Scout volunteers had abused two boys, but never reported the cases to police. It looks like the Council violated BSA guidelines for reporting sex abuse, but may not have violated New York’s mandatory reporting laws. According to the BSA website, […]

SPOTLIGHT NOW ON BOY SCOUTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2016 FORMER BOY SCOUT BROTHERS FILE FRAUD LAWSUITS AGAINST BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA FOR SEXUAL ABUSE BY OREGON CITY SCOUTMASTER FOR MORE INFORMATION: Gilion C. Dumas 503-952-6789 gilion@dumaslawgroup.com Ashley L. Vaughn 931-206-0090 ashley@dumaslawgroup.com PORTLAND, OREGON: Two brothers and former Boy Scouts filed separate sexual abuse lawsuits claiming fraud by the […]

Utah Boy Scouts Face Challenges: Mirrors National Scout Situation

2015 has been a tough year for the Boy Scouts in southern Utah. A story in The Spectrum reports that the Scouts’ revenue in the area is down from $300,000 to $400,000 – a 4% shortfall. According to the report, revenue is down because of the Scouts’ uneven handling of how to include gays in […]

Assistant Scout Master in New Jersey Arrested for Sex Abuse of 11-Year-Old

68-year-old Frank L. “Sandy” Thomson, of Cape May City, an assistant scoutmaster with a Boy Scout Troop in West Cape May, New Jersey was arrested for sexually abusing a young boy. Thomson is charged with aggravated sexual contact, luring/enticing a child, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He is being held […]

County Commissioner Files Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Boy Scouts

Minnesota County Commissioner Jim McDonough has filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and its local chapter, the Northern Star Council. The filing of the Boy Scout sexual abuse lawsuit was not the reason the story made headlines across the country. The public filing using the survivor’s name and not an […]

Former Boy Scout Volunteer Sentenced to Life Prison for Child Porn

James McCullars, a former Boy Scout volunteer and head of an online pornography ring, has been sentenced to life in prison in Indiana. Prior to his conviction, McCullars spent twelve years operating a child pornography ring in which participants swapped child pornography. According to the Huntsville ABC News affiliate, “McCullars volunteered as an overnight camp […]

Boy Scout Abuse Criminal Trial Adjourned Until June

New York State legislator Michael Kelsey’s criminal trial for one felony count of first degree sexual abuse and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child has been adjourned until June 15 at the request of Kelsey’s attorney. Kelsey, a former Boy Scout assistant Scoutmaster, has been accused of sexually abusing two young […]

Oregon Woman Sentenced to Jail in Boy Scout Sex Abuse Case

When she was first arrested and charged with having sex with an underage Boy Scout, 28-year-old Elizabeth Monda-Guthrie pleaded not guilty to the charge. Monda-Guthrie and the 16-year-old reportedly met at Butte Creek Scout Camp in Marion County, according to court documents. Monda-Guthrie worked at the camp for the Boy Scouts of America. They engaged […]

Relationship Between Mormons and Boy Scouts Lacks Transparency, Accountability

Last summer’s settlement of a sexual abuse lawsuit filed against the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and the Boy Scouts of America involving former Scoutmaster Vance Hein reveals the lack of communication between the two organizations. This is in spite of the fact that the Mormon Church is the largest sponsor of Boy Scouts […]

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