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, […]

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 […]

Boy Scout Leader Faces Criminal Charges of Showing Porn to Minors

A South Florida man has been arrested and charged with two counts of distributing obscene material to a minor. He was arrested June 11, 2015, on accusations that he showed pornographic video clips to a group of Boy Scouts while acting as a parent leader. The incident occurred at Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Sunrise, […]

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 […]

Will Child Sex Abuse Claims Bankrupt the Boy Scouts?

Most people have only positive feelings towards the Boy Scouts of America. But the 30 men and women we currently represent, and the many we represented in the past, who were sexually molested as kids by their Scoutmasters, feel betrayed and hurt by this trusted and hallowed national institution. When my law firm represents these […]

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 […]

James Martin Rise – Boy Scout Perversion Files

James Martin Rise (aka James Martin von Richter and James Martin Morris) had a long criminal history by the time he started volunteering for the Boy Scouts. In 1956, he was convicted of fraud by impersonation. In 1979, he was accused of rape in the third degree. In 1980, he was indicted for sexual abuse […]

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