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Another lawsuit has been filed against Boy Scouts of America and the St. Paul-based Northern Star Council, with a man from the Minneapolis area saying he was sexually abused by his scout leader nearly 50 years ago.

According to the suit filed in Ramsey County District Court, Steven Parker says he was just 11 years old when he was first abused by the leader of troop 17 at the time in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.

This abuse is then said to have continued on "numerous occasions" over seven years, between 1967 and 1974, at scouting events in and around St. Paul, as well as at the Many Point Scout Camp near Ponsford and the Tomahawk Boy Scout Camp in Birchwood, Wisconsin.

Parker, now 59, is the latest in a line of former scouts who have filed lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America for accused sexual abuse at the hands of troop leaders, with the Northern Star Council also named on several of them.

His complaint was filed by Minneapolis-based Noaker Law, who said in a news release: "The abuse in this case was severe and went on for many years.

"Our client has suffered quietly and painfully for decades. Mr Parker is a very brave man who has fought depression and chemical dependency, common with survivors of sexual abuse, to step forward and hold the Boy Scouts accountable."

The press release states the troop leader is believed to have had more victims within Minnesota.

As a young adult, Parker told the Boy Scouts that the man was "sexually dangerous" and says he was told he was removed from scouting as a result. However, Noakes Law says there is no known file on him in the public archives and no indication one was ever created.

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