By The Daily Comet/Thibodaux, La.
THIBODAUX, La. —
It doesn’t get more disturbing and repulsive than this.
“Again and again,” The Associated Press reports, “decade after decade, an array of authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children, a newly opened trove of confidential papers shows.”
Sadly, the 14,500 pages of secret “perversion files,” released by attorneys by order of the Oregon Supreme Court, outline a pattern in which officials put their desire to protect the organization’s reputation above the well-being of the children entrusted to their care.
So far, The Courier and Daily Comet have determined that at least three local cases are included among the documents.
In one, a 38-year-old Schriever man who volunteered at a Boy Scouts camp in Bay St. Louis, Miss., was convicted in 1989 of committing sexual battery twice against a high school senior from Metairie, records show.
Another case of sexual abuse involving someone from Cut Off was documented by the Boy Scouts starting in 1995. That case is in a Los Angeles Times online database that includes some of the newly released files along with other court records in cases alleging the abuse of Boy Scouts.
A Napoleonville troop leader was removed from his position in 1970 “due to his advance toward boys” and “poor judgment,” according to an abbreviated listing of the Boy Scouts records on a Seattle attorney’s website. ...
Portland attorney Kelly Clark released the documents recently on his website, www.kellyclarkattorney.com, which he said was having trouble operating after being swamped by people looking for the information. ...
National Boy Scouts officials say they will look into past cases to, as The Associated Press describes it, “see whether there were times when men they suspected of sex abuse should have been reported to police.”
That’s the least they can do. ... It must regain the trust that has been squandered by those who, in the name of protecting the organization, damaged it at the expense of innocent children.