OR - Boy Scouts accused of hiding pedophiles

Discussion in 'Crimes-Spotlight on Children' started by Missizzy, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/03/trial_opens_in_portland_with_b.html


    Trial opens in Portland, with Boy Scouts accused of hiding pedophiles


    "A civil trial that opened Wednesday in Portland will show that the Boy Scouts of America knew it had child molesters in its leadership for decades but kept the problem quiet, according to an attorney for one of the victims.

    The case, expected to attract national attention, centers on a Portland man who confessed to Scout leaders that he had molested 17 Scouts but was allowed to continue joining boys in Scouting activities.

    On a broader scale, the case is one of the first to bring into open court hundreds of confidential files that the 100-year-old organization kept on Scout leaders and others suspected of sexually abusing boys. Though the Scouts, based in Texas, have been sued dozens of times over allegations of sexual abuse, most cases have been settled out of court, keeping files from becoming public.

    Patrick Boyle, the Washington, D.C.-based author of "Scout's Honor: Sexual Abuse in America's Most Trusted Institution," said Wednesday that this case may be only the second time such files have been used in a trial.

    "It's very embarrassing to them," Boyle said.

    The case that opened Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court was brought by Kelly Clark, a Portland attorney who specializes in child sex abuse cases, and involves a former assistant Scoutmaster named Timur Dykes. The lawsuit, brought by a victim of Dykes listed in court documents by the pseudonym Jack Doe, seeks at least $14 million from the Boy Scouts of America and the Cascade Pacific Council in Oregon......"

    more at link


    FWIW Kelly Clark is an amazing attorney. We've worked with him and he's ruthless on sex abuse.
     
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  3. Texas Mist

    Texas Mist Retired WS Staff

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    I've been keeping an eye on this one too, Mz Iz.

    This was what really floored me

    the organization kept confidential files on them in an effort to protect children.

    Oh yeah RIGHT! Keeping info hidden in files is *protecting* children....that's just absurd.

    I wonder if the BSA had files on this perverted *******:

    http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/mo-officer-to-stand-339973.html
     
  4. chicagofa13

    chicagofa13 New Member

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    I was just coming over to post this! I can't believe this c*ap. Another Catholic Church scandal in the making. Come on people, where there are all boys, there are PEDOPHILES lurking (and all girls too, but you know what I mean).
     
  5. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    Kelly Clark's making quite a name for himself in some quarters. He's a dynamic and interesting man. If anyone can make this stick, he can.
     
  6. kbl8201

    kbl8201 Former Member

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    he confessed to other leaders that he molested 17 boys and they did nothing?
     
  7. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    I have a strong feeling that this trial is going to really put a new "face" on the adult survivor of child sexual abuse. I admire these men's courage so much. It's so hard and they have so many cultural hurdles to crawl over. They've got my prayers.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/03/witness_recounts_being_sexuall.html

    Witness tells Portland jury he was sexually abused by Boy Scout leader during a sleepover


    "He was angry with his father and resented that his mother remarried. But the then-11-year-old boy had found a father-figure in his Boy Scout troop leader, Timur Dykes.

    Now 39, the man recounted in court on Monday how Dykes taught him about knots and rock-climbing. The assistant scoutmaster frequently had boys over to work on their merit badges and share a pizza. He told Dykes he wished that he were his dad.

    But then came a sleepover in 1982, when he woke up feeling Dykes' hand on his genitals. Scared and uncomfortable, he rolled over, but Dykes' touching and abuse continued, the witness recalled. He rolled onto his back, then onto his front, over and over, trying to discourage Dykes from touching him.

    How long did it go on, attorney Kelly Clark asked?

    "Too long," said the man."



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  8. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    Absolutely outrageous. From the link above:

    "The Multnomah County Circuit Court case opened last week and has drawn national attention in part for evidence including thousands of pages of confidential files kept for decades by the Boy Scouts about scout leaders and volunteers suspected of sexually assaulting boys. The files include accounts of Scout leaders' abuse as well as newspaper clippings about Scout volunteers being arrested on charges of having sex with young boys."

    and

    The volunteer had been showing the boys pornographic books and sleeping in the nude. Ernst wrote that he didn't know if the volunteer's actions were "a serious enough offense to refuse registration anywhere."
     
  9. kbl8201

    kbl8201 Former Member

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    :furious:
     
  10. bamabeauty

    bamabeauty Sleuthing Southern Style

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    Ernst needs to be brought up on criminal charges! This makes me so sick. Think of the many boys who could have been spared abuse if the BSA org had just gotten their heads out of their a**es and tried to protect the boys in their care instead of themselves and the pedophiles they put in charge. I am so glad I never let my boy join BSA because I would have had to have been the den leader and at 100% of all functions and with a daughter also I just did not have time. Thank God for that!
     
  11. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/03/specialist_tells_portland_jury.html

    Specialist tells Portland jury Boy Scouts knew more than any other organization about sex offenders within their ranks

    "A specialist on sex abuse told a Portland jury Wednesday that the Boy Scouts of America knew more than any other organization about offenders within their own ranks but failed to inform parents -- or go to law enforcement -- to prevent more boys from being abused.

    "They realized they had a problem, and they created a system to deal with it," said Gary Schoener, a certified psychologist in Minnesota who has advised churches and other nonprofits nationwide about the abuse of authority. "You don't create a system if you don't have a problem."

    The Boy Scouts of America and Oregon's Cascade Pacific Council defend themselves against a $14 million lawsuit by a man molested by volunteer Timur Dykes.That system involved detailed "perversion" files on Scouting leaders who were kicked out of the Boy Scouts for committing abuse. The aim was to keep offenders out of Scouting, but the files were kept confidential and in some cases were destroyed....."

    much more at link
     
  12. kbl8201

    kbl8201 Former Member

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    the system they created 'duck and cover'
     
  13. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    Oh Good Grief...now it's the parents' fault? Is this a playbook or what? Just like in the case against Rev. Murphy and the 200 deaf boys he molested....it's the boys' and the parents' fault.

    Doesn't everyone understand that children should just NOT be so darn winsome and enticing nor should parents trust their child's teacher, coach, priest, pastor, doctor, or Boy Scout leader. It's surely not the abusers fault. Couldn't be....grrrrrrrrr. I hope Kelly Clark has him for lunch!!

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100402...uX2hlYWRsaW5lX2xpc3QEc2xrA29yZXNjb3V0aW5nZQ--

    Ore. scouting exec says parents negligent in abuse

    "The president of the Boy Scouts council for the Portland metro area has testified he believes the parents of some Scouts were negligent and even criminal for allowing sleepovers that led to sex abuse.

    Eugene Grant told a jury in a $29 million sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and its Cascade Pacific Council that parents should not have allowed boys to stay overnight with a single man at his apartment.

    The man, Timur Dykes, has admitted molesting the victim who filed the lawsuit and has been convicted of other sex abuse dating back to the early 1980s, when Dykes was an assistant Scoutmaster.

    During cross-examination by Kelly Clark, an attorney for the victim, Grant said Thursday it was not Boy Scouts policy to allow sleepovers, especially when they were unsupervised.

    "His parents should have known better," Grant said, referring to the parents of the victim. "I think it was criminal...."

    more at link....
     
  14. txsvicki

    txsvicki Active Member

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    There must be lots of money is scouting if they allow such perverts to join and volunteer. It's definitely all about them and not about the children. I'd say that maybe it's time to shut down the whole thing since these perverts will find a way to gain trust and get around rules, such as not requiring a parent to stay at meetings or attend campouts alone.
     
  15. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    In our town, the Scouts cannot meet at the schools or many churches due to their exclusion of gay youth. I recognize and respect that many men have had fabulous experiences with the Scouts but there's got to be more transparency.

    And to blame the parents??!! That's like blaming a parent for allowing their child to go somewhere with their teacher or their pastor. And the fact that Mr. Grant says that "parents should not have allowed boys to stay overnight with a single man at his apartment" is a slap in the face for every single man who would never ever harm a child. Aren't millions of fathers single? Are we going to decide that no child should ever spend the night alone with them? But wait....women can be pedophiles too. Does that mean that no child should be left alone with them either.

    I'll telling you, children are going to have to be raised in plastic bubbles and constantly observed on close circuit surveillance by a hand-picked, background-checked team.

    I'm not happy.
     
  16. Texas Mist

    Texas Mist Retired WS Staff

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    I hope the jury gets as peeved as I am that the parents were blamed :mad:
     
  17. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    I'll bet Mr. Clark thought he'd been handed a gem with that statement!! He probably could not believe what he'd just heard come out of Grant's mouth. Attorneys can go an entire career and not achieve a moment like that.

    Clark is very quick on his feet, though, and I'm sure the jury was allowed a very dramatic pause to mull that one over.
     
  18. Belinda

    Belinda Doer of Things

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    I would say Mr. Grant just shot himself and the case in the foot. Blaming the victims (or parents) is the ultimate no-no. He must really be grasping at straws trying to protect the BSA.
     
  19. Missizzy

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    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/04/former_boy_scout_employee_from.html

    Ex-Boy Scout employee testifies that group failed to keep pedophile volunteer away from kids

    "A man who worked for the Boy Scouts in the 1960s and still volunteers in his hometown in Alaska was surfing the Internet last week when he read about a lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court alleging that the Scouts failed to keep pedophile volunteers away from Scouts in the early 1980s, even though the organization knew it had a long-standing, national problem.

    So Larry O'Connor of Central, Alaska, said he used his own money to get on an airplane and book a hotel in Portland because of what he sees as a cover-up by the Boy Scouts of past practices.

    The Boy Scouts of America and Oregon's Cascade Pacific Council defend themselves against a $29 million lawsuit by a man molested by volunteer Timur Dykes. On Tuesday, O'Connor told a jury that a Kansas Scoutmaster who was a friend of his told him in 1970 that he had a mutual masturbation session with preteen or teenage Scouts. O'Connor said he reported it to the Scouting executive of his local council in Kansas. But O'Connor said the organization failed to kick the man out, because in 1981, O'Connor chanced across him at a national jamboree. The man was wearing full Scouting attire...."

    more at link
     
  20. kbl8201

    kbl8201 Former Member

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    'yes your honor, its the parents fault or people cant keep there hands off little boys'
     
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    Texas Mist Retired WS Staff

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    Apr 13, 2010 1:28 pm US/Central
    Jury Finds Boy Scouts Negligent For Sexual Abuse
    Awards Kerry Lewis $1.4 Million For Abuse By Assistant Scoutmaster

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Jurors on Tuesday found the Boys Scouts of America negligent and awarded $1.4 million to a former Portland man who was abused by an assistant Scoutmaster in the early 1980s, following a three-week trial in which secret Scout "perversion files" were used as evidence.

    The jury also decided the Irving-based Scouts organization was liable for punitive damages that will be decided in a separate phase of the trial. That would be in addition to the $1.4 million.
    ................................
    Clark opened the trial by showing the jury the six boxes of documents. He made little actual use of them during the trial, but during their deliberations the jury had the opportunity to look through them.

    There was no mention of whether the jury consulted the files after the verdict was delivered Tuesday morning following two days of deliberations.



    more here

    http://cbs11tv.com/local/boy.scouts.abuse.2.1630009.html

    so much for blaming the parents!

    TY, Mr. Clark!! :blowkiss:
     

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