SCOUT LEADERS: Leaders Accused Of Sexual Abuse
A decision made in an Oregon court is causing ripples across the nation.
On Thursday, the court ordered Boy Scouts of America to release previously secret records that included information on about 5,000 allegations of sexual abuse involving scouts and adult volunteers.
According to a Los Angeles Times online database, at least 75 scout leaders have been expelled in Iowa since 1958.
The details about those cases are limited as court documents are only attached to ten of them.
According to those court documents, one of those cases involved Robert Novac.
He was an Ankeny scout leader who pleaded guilty to charges of child molestation back in 1977 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The boy scouts only released records up to 2004.
Since then, Robert Hopper, a scout executive for the Mid-Iowa Council of Boy Scouts for America says one central Iowa scout leader has been expelled for a sexual related crime.
That was Jonathon Payne. He was a scout leader from Waukee who was arrested on child pornography charges in 2011.
Hopper adds that there have been fewer reports of sexual abuse since the Boy Scouts of America implemented stricter child protection policies in the 1980′s.
The organization says they now require background checks, youth protection training, and they never allow one-on-one contact between a scout and scout leader.
“There is no tolerance for this kind of behavior. The first thing I do is pick up the phone and call the police. We’re going to get these situations taken care of. We’re going to focus on protecting the kids,” said Hopper.
Wayne Perry, the national president of Boy Scouts for America released an apology to the victims and their families.
He said that in certain cases, the organization’s efforts to respond to these cases and protect youth were “plainly insufficient, inappropriate, or wrong.”