23 Minnesotans named in Boy Scouts' 'perversion files'

For decades, the Boy Scouts of America has kept thousands of pages of files on men they wanted to keep out of the scout leader ranks because they were suspected of molesting boys. Under court order of Thursday, the Boy Scouts released 14,500 pages of the files to an Oregon lawyer, dating from 1959 to 1985, and he has released the names. Twenty-three Minnesota men are identified in documents, five from St. Paul, seven from Minneapolis and one each from Apple Valley, Bloomington, Chisholm, Eagan, Faribault, International Falls, Maplewood, Moorhead, Mounds View, Rochester and St. Louis Park, Fox 9 reports.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

For decades, the Boy Scouts of America has kept thousands of pages of files on men they wanted to keep out of the scout leader ranks because they were suspected of molesting boys. Under court order of Thursday, the Boy Scouts released 14,500 pages of the files from dating 1959 to 1985 to an Oregon attorney, who shared the names.

Twenty-three Minnesota men are identified in documents, five from St. Paul, seven from Minneapolis and one each from Apple Valley, Bloomington, Chisholm, Eagan, Faribault, International Falls, Maplewood, Moorhead, Mounds View, Rochester and St. Louis Park, Fox 9 reports. Fox 9 names the men.

The files amount to a portrait of several decades of abuse and a corrosive culture of secrecy, the New York Times reports.

“You do not keep secrets hidden about dangers to children,” said lawyer Kelly Clark, one of those who fought for the documents' release, the Associated Press reported.

Next Up

Related

Minnesota Boy Scout leader returned to troop after conviction for abuse

The 1991 Minnesota case is among 125 instances in which a blacklist meant to keep pedophiles away from boy scouts failed. The Los Angeles Times reviewed more than 1,000 Boy Scout files dating from 1970 to 1991. It found suspected - or convicted - abusers often found their way back into scouting in spite of a blacklist.

Biggest Boy Scout group in Minn. won't ban gays

Minnesota's biggest Boy Scout group says that gays and lesbians remain welcome in its troops, despite a national announcement that the Boy Scouts of America will continue to bar those who are "open or avowed homosexuals." "We're a reflection of the community," said Kent York, spokesman for the Northern Star Council, which has 75,000 Scouts in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Side of St. Paul skyscraper setting of new Boy Scouts fundraiser

The Boy Scouts of America are recruiting people to rappel 300 feet down the side of the Ecolab Corporate Center for a fundraiser in September. One of the people already signed up to scale one of the tallest buildings in downtown St. Paul is Ecolab chairman and CEO Doug Baker, who plans on waving to his employees outside their windows on the way down.