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'Perversion files' could shed light on sexual abuse in Boy Scouts

Attorneys for a Boy Scout suing the Boy Scouts of America and his former scoutmaster in Minnesota have obtained documents that detail internal records kept by the Scouts on cases of suspected sexual abuse from 1999-2008. 


Attorney Tim Kosnoff plays video of unidentified abuse victim known as S.O., during a Seattle news conference Aug. 29, to announce the state's largest lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and a slew of alleged abusers. Attorneys working on a sexual abuse case against the Scouts in Minnesota have obtained national files detailing former Scout leaders suspected of sexual abuse from 1998-2008.

Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times/AP

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Confidential files turned over for a lawsuit set to go to trial in Minnesota may shed new light on the problem of sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts of America.

The documents were produced in litigation brought against the Boy Scouts and a former scoutmaster, Peter Stibal II, who is serving 21 years in prison for molesting four Scouts. Attorneys for one former Scout won a court order for the nationwide internal files, commonly known as "ineligible volunteer" or "perversion files." They cover the years 1999-2008, much more recent than similar files forced into the open in an Oregon case last year.

"We are intending to use those to show they have had a longstanding knowledge of the scope of a serious problem like Stibal," said Jeffrey Anderson, the lead attorney for the molested Scout. "They kept files not known to the troops and members of the public and had a body of knowledge that was not made public."


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