Boy Scout Ineligible Volunteer “Perversion” Files Released
Portland, OR (WIBX) - More than 1,200 names have been released as part of the Ineligible Volunteer Files, also known as the "Perversion Files," made public despite objections from the Boy Scouts of America.
The list covers those accused of sexual or inappropriate conduct who have been banned from the organization from 1965 to 1985.
The release of names is pursuant to a court order from the Honorable John Wittmayer, an Oregon judge presiding over the case of Lewis vs. Boy Scouts of America.
For a full list of the names and the report visit: www.kellyclarkattorney.com or click the link in this story. In addition to Kelly Clark other attorneys involved in the prosecution include: Gilion Dumas, Peter Janci, Steve Crew, Kristian Roggendorf, and O'Donnell Clark & Crew LLP. A disclaimer which appears on their website reads as follows:
"The information in the IV files concerns allegations of child sexual abuse. In a number of the cases, the allegations were later substantiated by court proceedings. However, in a great many cases no such substantiation ever occurred. Consequently, the law firms of O’Donnell Clark and Crew LLP and Paul Mones, and any agent or representative thereof, make no representations or suggestions that any of the allegations in these files are in every case true. In fact, we are in no position to verify or attest to the truth of these allegations as they were compiled by the Boy Scouts of America. The incidents reported in these documents attest to notice of potential child abuse given to the Boy Scouts of America and its affiliates and their response to that notice."
In a written statement Boy Scouts of America National President Wayne Perry says, "There have been instances where people misused their positions in Scouting to abuse children, and in certain cases, our response to these incidents and our efforts to protect youth were plainly insufficient, inappropriate, or wrong. Where those involved in Scouting failed to protect, or worse, inflicted harm on children, we extend our deepest apologies to victims and their families."
WIBX reached out to the national office of Boy Scouts of America as well as to local Boy Scout leaders-including the Revolutionary Trails Council in Utica and was repeatedly referred to the written statement from Boy Scouts of America. Local Scout Executive Michael Donaghue said that he believed that this is "not a local issue." Several calls made to the public relations firm handling the issue for the Boy Scouts of America resulted in more referrals to the written statement as well as taped interviews on the Boy Scouts of America website, links to which are provided here.