By LIBBY CLUETT | firstname.lastname@example.org
LOS ANGELES – Since at least 1919, the Boy Scouts of America has maintained “ineligible volunteer” files intended to keep sexual abusers, among others, out of its ranks, The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this week.
In an exposé, the newspaper this week released some of these records, which it claims have been closely held by the Scouts to protect victims, witnesses and anyone falsely accused.
The Times reviewed nearly 1,600 of the files dating over two decades – from 1970 to 1991 – and stated that in hundreds of cases, sexual abuse was not reported to law enforcement, and Scout officials at times actively hid information from parents and the public, allowing admitted offenders to quietly resign.
In August, two Times reporters wrote that the Scout’s blacklist often didn’t work and cited that “men expelled for alleged abuses slipped back into the program, only to be accused of molesting again.
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