UPDATE: Second St. Louis Park Troop Named in Boy Scouts' 'Perversion Files'

Recently released Boy Scouts of America records dubbed the "perversion files" show at least two cases of suspected sexual abuse occurring in St. Louis Park Troops.

(UPDATE 5:58 a.m., Oct. 22, 2012) — A second St. Louis Park Boy Scout Troop has been identified as a Scout troop that expelled a member because of suspicions of sexual abuse.

In a public database released by the Los Angeles Times Friday, the newspaper reported that it had identified information on a person associated with St. Louis Park Troop 379 who was later "ex­pelled from the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica between 1947 and Janu­ary 2005 on sus­pi­cion of sexu­al ab­use."

The newspaper reports the case was filed in 1984, but offered no additional information about the case.

This report comes in addition to reports last week that a St. Louis Park man in 1970 resigned as a Scout Leader from the Boy Scouts' Troop 307 in St. Louis Park after he admitted in a statement that he asked four Scouts to masturbate in front of him.

The Times also reported two cases had been filed in neighboring Edina Boy Scout Troop 68—in 1998 and 2000.  Details were unavailable on those cases as well.

St. Louis Park Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

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(OCTOBER 20, 2012) — A St. Louis Park man in 1970 resigned as a Scout Leader from the Boy Scouts' Troop 307 in St. Louis Park after he admitted in writing to encouraging several Boy Scouts under his purview to masturbate in front of him.

The man was identified in a confidential file released Friday dubbed the "perversion files," for being connected to allegations of sexual abuse and homosexuality in the Boy Scouts of America.

The man was confronted about this behavior with several Boy Scouts between January-March in that year, after which he resigned. It is unknown whether the man was ever criminally charged.

Read the Scouts' 1970 St. Louis Park case file

The files were released Thursday by order of the Oregon Supreme Court. They were used as evidence in a 2010 lawsuit against the Scouts in a molestation case that resulted in a jury awarding $20 million to a man molested by an assistant scoutmaster in the 1980s.

The files include the names of more than 1,200 people from across the country, including 23 from Minnesota, whom the Boy Scouts suspected might be child abusers.

Because many of the men listed in the "perversion files" have not been charged or convicted of crimes, some media outlets, including the Boston Globe, have refrained from naming them without further investigating the allegations.

The files are publicly available, and you can find them here.

Scoutmaster Resigned After Being Confronted About Behavior

In the St. Louis Park case, the then-47-year-old Scout leader submitted a letter of resignation on March 30, 1970, in which he described himself first asking inappropriate questions of his Scouts about their sexual behaviors, and then asking four Scouts to masturbate in front of him. The four Scouts refused, he wrote.

The man had held various leadership roles in the pack between 1965-70. He was married and had two sons and a daughter at the time.

In his resignation letter, he wrote:

"It was my method of striking back at some of my family problems. I stopped [asking questions] after the last boy as I became aware it was a form of embarrassment to the boy  ... I don't recall the exact questions verbatim, but they were all related to his personal sex habits of which I realize now are none of my business. 

"I used my trust as a Scout leader in talking with the boy and realized that I betrayed that trust. The boys that performed this for me [redacted], [redacted], [redacted] and [redacted] all refused. I asked them to stimulate to erection and masturbate in front of me."

The letter was witnessed by four members of the Minneapolis Viking Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Council forwarded the letter to its national headquarters, at which point the national organization wrote:

"We have placed this information in our file. This will certainly enable us to identify (him) should he ever again attempt to register in the Scouting program."

Patch Associate Regional Editor Scott Fagerstrom contributed to this report.

Judy Jones October 20, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Our hearts go out to all the boy scouts who have been sexually abused, they never deserved to be treated so inhumane. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever... BUT, an even more powerful danger is when high ranking officials enable, empower, and cover up these crimes against kids. They need to be held accountable for allowing more innocent kids to be sexually abused. It is and was a crime to sexually abuse a child. Child sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day. Keep in mind that child predators rarely have only one victim. So if you have been harmed by anyone in the Boy Scouts, Churches, or any institutional setting, your silence only hurts, and by speaking up, contacting the police, and exposing the truth, there is a chance for healing, and protecting others. Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com, (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,) is the worlds oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. http://www.snapnetwork.org/
Cornell morris October 20, 2012 at 08:01 PM
When will this ever stop leave these kids alone even though this happen over thirty yr. Ago it still effect these kids today who want to become scouts now
Emily B October 20, 2012 at 08:36 PM
The frustrating thing to me is that his charges were lumped in with "homosexuality." I would guess this type of thing influences the Boy Scouts long held stance about not allowing gay leaders or scouts. When are we going to wake up and realize that child abusers and pedophiles do not equal gays and lesbians and vice versa? I am sure there are some who are, but pedophilia is not about homosexuality, it is about power and a deep sickness, not to mention that many abusers were abused themselves.
jackie October 22, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Emily I agree!
Kristin Molden November 07, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I have a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout for children. We made a decision that the bottom line is that we will be with them when they attend over night or camping events. If we can’t go, they can’t go. My husband works a full-time and a part-time job. Until last year I worked two also but I am now working a part-time job that has been full-time hours until recently. We have managed to plan ahead and attend scouting events with them, including camping trips as a family. There are a handful of parents who make the effort to do the same thing with their kids but many others see it as a way to get a “break” from their kids. Many times I have attended a function with my daughter with the intention of sharing an experience with her only to then be asked to watch an additional 4 or 5 other girls because their parents couldn’t be there. I have seen the same thing happen in the Boy Scout world. Pedophiles are not going away. It is sad, unfortunate and sick that there are individuals like this in the world, but it is our job as parents to be responsible as well. When did we decide that parenting was a hassle? Not all incidents can be prevented. I realize that if someone wants to take your child from you or abuse your child they will find a way but maybe we should make their goal as difficult to reach as humanly possible. We are the watch guards. If it doesn’t seem right it probably isn’t.


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