Topic: Boy Scouts
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August 29, 2013 at 10:45 AM
A lawsuit filed this morning alleges the Boy Scouts of America has known for the last 30 years that there were thousands of pedophiles operating within their camps and troops.
In secret documents — which the national council refused to share with its own local chapters and troops – the names and deeds of 6,500 known and suspected child molesters were maintained, according to the civil suit filed in King County Superior Court.
In addition to the still existing “perversion files” as they were called by the BSA, an additional 15,000 documents were destroyed, the suit claims.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12 victims and names as defendants the national BSA, several local Boy Scout councils and churches and schools that sponsored the local troops. It names 13 alleged offenders, three of whom have been criminally prosecuted.
Timothy Kosnoff, one of the lawyers who filed the lawsuit, says it is the largest of its kind filed in Washington. It alleges that abuses occurred in the Boy Scout-operated Camp Brinkley, Camp Sevenich and Camp Omache in Snohomish County and two camps in Jefferson County between 1960 and 2006.
The youngest plaintiff is now 18, according to the suit.
Kosnoff said the BSA decision to ignore or hide information created a “petri dish” for abuse at the camps.
He said it is highly probable that more boys were victimized by troop leaders in scout settings than by any religious leaders due to the unique nature of the scouting mission. A number of other lawsuits with similar allegations have been filed in Washington over the past several years.
The BSA’s mission to match boys with adult males, often on week-long hikes and camping trips in remote areas , gave offenders unique and unfettered access to victims, the lawsuit alleges.
June 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Catholic bishops of Washington state have stated there will be no changes to church teaching in response to recent membership policy changes by the Boy Scouts of America.
National Scout leadership voted last month to admit openly gay Scouts as members.
“The Catholic Church teaches that all people are to be treated with dignity and respect,” according to the statement sent to all Washington Catholic parishes and posted on dioceses’ websites. The bishops affirmed their support of the mission of the Boy Scouts to guide young people in making good life decisions and participate in their churches and community.
The statement comes after a meeting last Wednesday to discuss the new scouting policy attended by Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain, Spokane Diocese Bishop Blase Cupich, Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson and Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo.
The bishops said that Scouting’s decision to allow gay young people to participate “does not affect the teachings of the Catholic Church or the manner in which the Catholic parishes in Washington state conduct the scouting programs under their sponsorship.”
Last month one local Catholic parish, Our Lady Star of the Sea in Bremerton, decided to end sponsorship of a Boy Scout troop because the pastor, Father Derek Lappe, felt the new policy encourages young men to come out or identify as gay.
Current Catholic Church policy allows local parishes and pastors to charter Boy Scout troops or Cub Scout packs at their own discretion.
“They’re also not required to sponsor any organization if they choose,” Seattle Archdiocese spokesman Greg Magnoni said.
October 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Our news partner KING5, through investigative reporter Susannah Frame, has obtained secret files that the Boy Scouts of America have been keeping for decades on leaders and other volunteers in the organization who have been accused of sexually abusing children. The files also show a pattern of child abuse in Washington state, according to the KING5 investigation.
Below is the introduction to the story, followed by a link to the full report and videos.
KING 5 News
The KING 5 Investigators have obtained secret files once locked up inside one of the country’s most trusted youth organizations: the Boy Scouts of America.
Since 1919 the Scouts have been compiling files on Scout leaders-scoutmasters, assistant scoutmasters and other volunteers from across the country-accused of sexually abusing children; many of whom were young scouts in their troops. The files number in the thousands.
“Perversion Files” detail abuse
For decades, only top Scouting officials knew about the files, which are often referred to as the “perversion files”. Each one contains details on a different Scout leader suspected of abusing children. The records include police reports, victim statements, notes on phone calls with parents, newspaper clippings, and official letters from the Scouts organization alerting the suspected molester that he’d been banned from Scouting for life…
Contents of the files
In some cases in Washington state Scout leaders quietly removed accused abusers from their positions and put them on the ineligible volunteer list, without alerting law enforcement. The sample of files obtained by the KING 5 Investigators show that in most cases the Scouts found out about sex crimes from media reports and law enforcement.
You can read KING5′s full investigation here. You can also find links to associated videos there.
January 30, 2012 at 6:26 AM
Weather: Let’s see: Showers Monday and Tuesday, but Wednesday calls for light rain and maybe some snow. Snow? Thursday through Sunday is either cloudy or partly cloudy. Except for Wednesday, the forecasts beat drenching rain or a snow and ice storm. We know, many of you love the snow. (See the poll we took a short while back.) The National Weather Service in Seattle has this week’s details.
Traffic: The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $3.49, the AAA auto club reports, according to The Associated Press this morning. That’s 6 cents higher than the national average. Gas prices for some other cities from today’s AAA report: Bellingham $3.62, Bremerton $3.54, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.56, Tacoma $3.54, Olympia $3.55, Vancouver $3.53, Yakima $3.61, Tri-Cities $3.29, Spokane $3.18. The map and cams.
The retractable roof at Safeco Field got stuck over the weekend when an axle broke. The Mariners say they have all the parts to fix her up. See the KING5 story.
Years ago, as the story goes, a salesman tacked the first dollar bill to a wall of Fat Smitty’s burger joint at Discovery Bay on the Olympic Peninsula. That started a tradition that led to thousands of bills finding their way onto the walls, according to nicely told stories in The Peninsula Daily News. Smitty, aka, Carl Schmidt, recently asked some Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to take down the bills, with plans to donate some of it to a Boy Scout project. One guess was that there was $6,000 decorating the place, but when all the bills were down and tallied, the total came to more than $10,000. Some of the money also will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. We like stories like this.
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