A settlement has been reached in a Boy Scout sex abuse lawsuit filed against a former Boy Scouts troop leader days before the case was set for trial. Scheduled to go to trial Monday March 18, this lawsuit alleged that the former Boy Scouts leader used various troop-related activities, including overnight scouting trips, to sexually abuse the victim; the lawsuit also alleged that none of the organizations that sponsored these trips, including the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), took issue with the former leader sleeping in the same room as his underage victim.
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The former Boy Scouts leader is currently serving a 21-year prison sentence in Dakota County, Colorado after he was convicted on multiple felony charges, some of which included unlawful sexual conduct with minors and possession of child pornography. In addition to the former Boy Scouts leader, the other defendants cited in this lawsuit included the Boy Scouts national and foundation organizations, the Northern Star Council Boy Scouts of America in St. Paul, the Mary Mother of the Church in Burnsville, and the River Hills United Methodist Church in Burnsville.
The terms of the settlement reached in this Boy Scouts sex abuse lawsuit have not been disclosed. While this case has been settled, however, the former Scouts leader and the abovementioned defendants are also currently facing another sexual abuse lawsuit that is set to go to trial this September. The second case is based on similar allegations as the recently settled sex abuse lawsuit.
Unfortunately, these Boy Scouts sex abuse cases are nothing new for the BSA, which has been defending itself against similar allegations for over the past decade. In fact, in one of the most highly publicized lawsuits against the BSA (a 2010 case in which the victims were awarded more than $18 million), the Oregon Supreme Court ordered in October 2012 that approximately 20,000 previously confidential documents – known as the “perversion files” – be made public; these files contained both allegations and admissions of sexual abuse in the BSA that occurred between 1965 and 1985.
Sexual Abuse Lawsuits and Settlements
If you or someone you love were sexually abused at the hands of a Boy Scout leader, school teacher or any official, you may be able to file a sexual abuse lawsuit to seek compensation from the abuser, as well as any officials and organizations that may have aided and abetted their crimes. Alonso Krangle LLP offers free lawsuit evaluations to sexual abuse victims and their families. To learn more about obtaining the justice you deserve, please contact the compassionate and experienced sexual abuse lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.