Ramsey County District Judge Elena Ostby on Tuesday ordered that long-secret national Boy Scout files documenting sexual abuse from 1999 to 2008 be released as part of a lawsuit that involves former Burnsville scoutmaster Peter Stibal II, the Associated Press reported.
Stibal is serving a 21-year prison sentence for molesting four scouts, and the lawsuit was filed by one of his victims, the AP reports. His troop frequently met at River Hills United Methodist Church, court documents said.
Ostby is seeking confidential national Boy Scout records on sexual abuse from 1999 to 2008 that would widen the scope of scrutiny on the national organization, the AP says.
The documents are from internal Boy Scouts of America records that chronicle allegations of abuse, often called the "perversion files," although they cover a later period than records made public by court order in Oregon in October that covered 1965 to 1985, the AP reports.