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Boy Scouts, Mormon Church Settle Nearly 20 Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

A total of 19 lawsuits accusing the Boy Scouts of America and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) of harboring child molestors and systematically covering up decades of abuse have settled in civil court.

December 28, 2018 – The suits allege that the Boy Scouts kept files on Scoutmasters accused of sexual misconduct, but failed to pass this vital information on to parents of children enrolled in organization.

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The suits also contend that the scope of abuse was common knowledge within the Boy Scouts’ upper echelon, and that officials were aware of child molestors in their ranks, but kept that information a secret from law enforcement and families.

“In Idaho alone, at least seven Scout leaders were accused of molesting Scouts or other youth between 1962 and 1977. Between 1978 and 1983, at least three additional Idaho Scout leaders were accused of molesting Scouts or other youth,” the complaint states. “In addition to knowing about the decades of sexual abuse by Scout leaders in Scouts prior to or during Plaintiffs’ abuse, Defendant BSA became aware of all or most of the accusations regarding these specific Scout leaders by 1982.”

At least 5 of the alleged abusers named in the lawsuits — Larren Arnold , Doug Bowen, Dennis Empey, Lawrence Libey and James Schmidt — have since been convicted of lewd conduct, sometimes in relation to Scouts cases and sometimes not.

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The Sexual Abuse Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in lawsuits involving the Mormon Church (LDS & FLDS) and Boy Scouts of America. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new sexual abuse, assault, and molestation cases in all 50 states.

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