The Boy Scouts of America have secrets.
Confidential Boy Scouts of America files show that in hundreds of cases, the organization never reported alleged sex abuse by Scout leaders to the police.
Some suspected predators were even allowed to cite fake reasons for leaving the Boy Scouts after they were expelled.
Someone actually gave the the Los Angeles Times a significant portion of the BSA’s secret “perversion files,” which date back to 1919 and were meant to blacklist leaders accused of molesting scouts.
In a sampling of about 500 allegations between 1970 and 1991, 80 percent had no record of the organization alerting law enforcement.
From the time period of 1970 to 1991.
Let that sink in.
Like this charming fellow.
Assistant troop leader William Lazzareschi.
He was expelled from the Scouts after ADMITTING that he engaged in a sex act with a young boy.
The BSA never informed the proper authorities.
There are even more cases of Scouts leaders given the option to resign rather than being expelled.
A Pennsylvania scoutmaster accused of molesting five boys resigned in 1976, claiming he was leaving because his job required extensive travel.
Another leader cited “chronic brain dysfunction” as the reason he was leaving.
Those accused of abuse got a form letter from the BSA that read in part, “We are making no accusations and will not release this information to anyone, so our action in no way will affect your standing in the community.”
In a statement, BSA spokesman Deron Smith said the organization has “always cooperated fully with any request from law enforcement and today require our members to report even suspicion of abuse directly to their local authorities.”
He said some files don’t specify that the BSA contacted police because they were kept only “to help identify and keep a list of individuals deemed to be unfit for membership in Scouting.”
Why does it seem like we can’t trust adults with our children anymore?