SEXUAL ABUSE: Former Scout Files Lawsuit

A West Des Moines man filed a lawsuit Friday claiming he was sexually abused by his scout leader back in the 1970’s.

“Institutions across a spectrum were willing to look the other way, cover it up, and not do anything about it,” said Pat Hopkins, a West Des Moines attorney.

The four count lawsuit claims sexual assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and fraud.

The lawsuit names Boy Scouts of America, the Mid Iowa Council of Boy Scouts of America, and former Boy Scouts leader, Kenneth L. Newell. 

Newell allegedly used his position to gain the trust of the plaintiff.

“Our policies are more robust and the information we give is much more clear to the kids and parents,” said Robert Hopper, the Scout Executive for the Mid-Iowa Council of Boy Scouts of America.

The statute of limitation for sexual abuse is two years from the time of the assault.

Attorneys will argue the discovery rule which starts the clock on a sexual abuse case when the victim realizes they were assaulted.

Boy Scouts of America released a statement Friday afternoon.

Deron Smith, the public relations director for Boy Scouts of America released a statement Friday saying the organization cannot comment on active litigation.