Richard Herbert Smith – Boy Scouts Perversion Files

Back in 1966, Richard Herbert Smith was convicted in New York on four counts of child sexual abuse, including sodomy and carnal abuse of a child. Despite this earlier conviction, Smith was able to register as a Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 269 in Tillamook, Oregon, where he served from 1981 until 1983. It wasn’t […]

Save the “Ancient Documents” Exception!

The “ancient documents” exception to the hearsay rule is under attack. Specifically, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Evidence Rules has proposed abrogating Federal Rule of Evidence 803(16). Usually, out of court statements (“hearsay”) are not admissible as evidence. There are many exception to this general rule. One longstanding exception has been for “ancient documents” […]

Abuse Survivors Force Boy Scouts to Release Perversion Files

In a landmark ruling for New Jersey, a state judge in Hackensack ruled that the Boy Scouts of America must release their Ineligible Volunteer Files (aka “Perversion Files”) in a civil lawsuit. The suit was filed against the BSA by a man who was sexually molested as a child by his Boy Scout leader, Stephen […]

Montana Men Tell Boy Scouts of John David McBride Abuse

I’m here in polar-cold Missoula, Montana but my heart is warmed by two of my brave clients. They met separately yesterday with an attorney for the Boy Scouts of America and told her exactly how their Scoutmaster John McBride had molested and raped them when them when they were 12 and 14 year old Boy […]

Gerald Wayne Gunter – Boy Scout Perversion Files

Gerald Wayne Gunter, a farm hand living in Ashland, Oregon, began volunteering as an Assistant Scout Master with Troop 112 of Ashland in December 1984. On November 20, 1985, the national office of the Boy Scouts of America created an “Ineligible Volunteer” or “Perversion File” due to his criminal conviction for sexual abuse on October […]

Former Boy Scout Mentor Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse

A 22-year-old Vancouver, Washington man has been sentenced to five years in prison for sexually abusing a young Boy Scout over the course of three years. According to a local media outlet, “Shawn E. Turner, 22, of Vancouver pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to attempted second-degree child rape. News stories describe the abuse […]

Timur Dykes — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

The 1987 BSA “Ineligible Volunteer” file on Timur Dykes, a former Portland Boy Scout volunteer, is a telling example of how the BSA’s system of blackballing accused pedophiles failed to catch an unknown number of child molesters in Scouting. Dykes was an Assistant Scout Master and then Scout Master with Troop 719 in Portland, a […]

Jim Barringer — NC Teacher & Boy Scout Leader Arrested

Jim Barringer III, 51 is facing at least six counts of indecent liberties with a child. The sexual abuse charges continue to mount against the North Carolina teacher and Boy Scout leader as new abuse victims come forward and allege the Barringer sexually abused them. According to the arrest warrants, Barringer is accused of molesting […]

Boy Scout Perversion Files Tip of the Child Abuse Iceberg

Over 1,200 files on accused child molesters in the Boy Scouts are now public record. The Boy Scouts of America created these particular files – which they call the “Perversion Files” – between 1965 and 1985. They were used as exhibits in a 2010 trial against the Boy Scouts in Portland, Oregon, by a man […]

Ronald Patterson — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

Ronald Patterson is one of the thousands of men the Boy Scouts of America added to its secret list of “Ineligible Volunteers” over the decades. Like the other men found in the BSA’s confidential “Perversion Files,” Patterson was caught sexually molesting Boy Scouts. In Patterson’s case, he sexually fondled several boys in Troop 112 while […]

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