STATE — About three dozen New Jerseyans are posted online among a trove of previously secret Boy Scout files naming roughly 1,500 scoutmasters and volunteers who have been accused of child molestation.
The files, collected between 1959 and 1985, were from a much larger collection of documents the Boy Scouts of America began collecting soon after their founding in 1910, consist of memos from local and national Scout executives, handwritten letters from victims and their parents and newspaper clippings about legal cases.
In addition to details about proven molesters kept at Boy Scout headquarters in Texas, the files contain also unsubstantiated allegations.
The ‘perversion files,’ or ‘ineligible volunteer files,’ as they were also called, played a central role in a civil case in 2010 over the abuse of six boys by a scout leader in Portland in the 1980s.
Because they were evidence, the judge ruled that the files should be released to the public under the open records provision of the Oregon Constitution—a decision upheld this year by the State Supreme Court.
The records are available online at http://www.kellyclarkattorney.com/files/?sort=states&dir=asc&page=15
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