Court Rejects Boy Scouts Appeal

Rules 30,000 Pages of ‘Perversion Files’ Can Be Opened to Public

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
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The California Supreme Court has rejected a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) petition in a Santa Barbara molestation case, meaning that 30,000 pages of so-called “perversion files” can be opened to the public.

The files, dating to 1991 and containing reports of Scout-related molestations from around the country and long kept secret by the scouting organization, are key to the case, in which Santa Barbara attorney Tim Hale seeks unspecified punitive damages. No trial date has been set.

BSA argued that the files were irrelevant to the case, which involves a Santa Barbara family suing the Scouts because a volunteer, Al Stein, molested their 13-year-old son at a 2007 Christmas tree sales lot. The volunteer pleaded no contest, served a prison term, and is a registered sex offender. Hale seeks punitive damages on grounds that the BSA kept the files secret for many years, keeping parents unaware that their children were vulnerable in an organization where molestation occurs more frequently than the public realizes.

The Supreme Court did not comment on why it did not hear the BSA case. The scouting organization petitioned the Supreme Court after the Second District Court of Appeal last year rejected a BSA appeal, pointing out that the national molestation files were already “in the public domain and are readily accessible on the Internet with Social Security numbers redacted.” Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Donna Geck ordered the files released last January.

Hale told The Santa Barbara Independent on Monday that he would meet BSA attorneys to discuss when the files would be available. All BSA “perversion files” should be turned over immediately to law enforcement, Hale said. In many cases officials were never notified of criminal acts by Scout leaders who are “still out there” in public, never prosecuted, and likely abusing other youngsters, he said. Often the BSA is the only organization which has information about the molestations, he said.


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Someone very close to me, while on a scouting trip, was molested by a scout leader in 1955. It causes a lot of damage to the victims. This crap has been going on far too long and I'm glad the appeal was rejected. I was an Eagle Scout myself and while I'm not thrilled about many of the polices of the Scouts (which are often driven by or sanctioned by the LDS church) I do believe that this is a devastating tragedy that has continued for decades and needs to be fixed. DO NOT PROTECT THE PERPETRATORS. The BSA needs to come clean. Glad the court agreed on this one.

sbsurfguy (anonymous profile)
January 8, 2013 at 12:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If the Perversion Files go public, then BSA will have a more difficult time blaming The Gays for all the child molestation crimes.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
January 8, 2013 at 2:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Are these not the same files that the LA Times has offered for a while now?

Or; am I missing something?

horsenrider1 (anonymous profile)
January 8, 2013 at 3:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Great news.....this coming on heels of the Catholic Church yesterday stating that they must undo their redacted disclosures, maybe we can get some of these perps off the street.

topcat (anonymous profile)
January 8, 2013 at 4:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How can the people running the scouts expect to have any credibility when they are concealing information regarding immoral/criminal activity?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
January 8, 2013 at 8:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Alec Baldwin and Adam Sandler helped to out the BSA big time, with the SNL skit "Canteen Boy." BSA needs to stop shielding the pedophiles, step into the 21st Century, and lose the anti-gay stance.

chilldrinfthenight (anonymous profile)
January 9, 2013 at 1:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

They also need to get rid of their stance on atheists. Fat chance with the LDS providing so much funding,

SezMe (anonymous profile)
January 9, 2013 at 2:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

About time!

Let's hope these now public files are released sooner than later so all can see who exactly was/is out there molesting our sons, nephews, cousins, etc.

My son was in the Boy Scouts in the early 90's and I wonder if I'll see any names I recognize from his troop. Hope not!

Get these files out immediately!

Barron (anonymous profile)
January 9, 2013 at 9:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

They don't release names of victim/survivors; they've already been violated.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 9, 2013 at 11:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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