‘Perversion files’ show wide collusion with Scouts and police and prosecutors to hush up crimes
Why do I have a feeling those police and prosecutors that were “protecting the reputation” of the Scouts organization were right winger types?
‘Perversion files’ show wide collusion with Scouts
By William Spain
CHICAGO (MarketWatch) - For years, various local leaders, including police chiefs, prosecutors and pastors helped shield scoutmasters and others at the Boy Scouts of America from allegations they molested children, the Associated Press reported Friday. The revelations came via the court-ordered release of the BSA’s so-called “perversion files” covering a period from 1959 to1985. The authorities in question justified their actions in the name of protecting the reputation and work of the organization but the AP noted that they also protected sexual predators from the Adirondacks to Los Angeles. In one particularly egregious case in 1965, a Louisiana man confessed to police that he had molested three brothers but was never prosecuted in order to “save the name of Scouting,” according to one internal memo. In response to the release of the files, a BSA spokesman told the AP that “there is nothing more important than the safety of our Scouts.” The thousands of pages of files document cases from all over the U.S.