Scouts Change Their Story in Testimony to Congress and Admit They Let Those Accused of Sexual Abuse Return to Scouting

The leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have retracted earlier testimony they provided Congress concerning the problem of sexual abuse in Scouting. Initially, the Scouts told Congress that they didn’t allow men accused of sexual abuse to return as Scout volunteers. BSA has reversed that position and acknowledged that it has allowed back in […]

Cub Scout Leader Arrested for Raping 14-Year-Old in Oregon

Former Oregon Boy Scout volunteer, Douglas Wardell III, 34, was arrested last week and charged with repeatedly raping and fondling a 14-year-old girl between 2016 and 2019. A Marion County grand jury indicted him this week on two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Wardell had been a Cub Scout […]

New Jersey Latest State Set to Open Statute of Limitations in Child Sex Abuse Cases

Last week, the New Jersey Senate passed a bill to reform the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse. The Senate approved the measure, 32-1. It now goes back for a vote in the Democrat-controlled Assembly, where it has already passed through committee. The new law will allow victims of child sexual abuse […]

Seattle Archdiocese Pays $7 Million to Settle Child Sexual Abuse Claims

The Seattle Archdiocese recently settled sex abuse claims brought by six men who said priests sexually abused them when the men were children. The Archdiocese agreed to pay a total of close to $7 million for all claims. All of the accused priests were identified on the Seattle Archdiocese’s list of credibly accused priests and clergy published […]

California Latest State to Consider “Look Back” Legislation in Abuse Cases

The climate for change and reform of existing laws regarding the sexual abuse of minors has never been hotter than it is right now.  In the wake of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and the Cardinal McCarrick debacle, state legislators across the country are feeling pressure to introduce bills that will allow survivors of sexual […]

Idaho Priest Sentenced to 25 Years for Child Porn

The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, 73, will spend the next 25 years behind bars for his conviction on two counts of distribution of sexually exploitative material, two counts of possession of sexually exploitative materials, and one count of drug possession. Foucher had served as a longtime priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise until […]

Jesuits West Publish List of Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

The Jesuits of the West have released the names of 111 members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. This report follows a similar recent disclosure from the Jesuits Central and Southern Province. Jesuits West Province includes Arizona, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, […]

Ohio Boy Scout Leader Arrested and Charged with Producing Child Porn

A Boy Scout leader in Ohio was arrested last week charged with the production of child pornography. The man, 39-year-old Thomas Close, also known as Joe Close, admitted to recording underage scouts over a seven-year period. Close is reported to have been the Scoutmaster of Troop 406 in Shelby, Ohio, chartered by the First Evangelical […]

Iowa Boy Scout Abuse Lawsuit Filed

We filed a civil lawsuit last week against the Boy Scouts of America and the Hawkeye Area Council in Iowa for sexual abuse our client suffered as a child in the 1970s. The perpetrator was a volunteer for the Boy Scouts Hawkeye Area Council at the time of the assaults. Our client filed the case […]

Oregon Municipality Hit with Sex Abuse Lawsuit

City officials in Lincoln City will have to contend with a civil lawsuit concerning the behavior of one of its employees. The abuse lawsuit involves a 20-year-old coach from the Lincoln City Youth Sports Program. This is the first lawsuit related to sexual abuse inflicted on youth by Lincoln City Youth Sports Coach Tyler Lopez. […]

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