Boy Scout 'Perversion Files' Reveal Abuse Cover Up

Thousands of pages of now-public files document sex abuse allegations from 1959 to 1985.
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More than 141000. Pages of confidential files kept by the boy scouts of America on men suspected of child sex abuse. Are now public you do not -- -- -- secrets in danger to children. Period -- Portland Supreme Court ruling allowed attorney Kelly Clark to release the perversion files. Kept on 12100 men between 1965. And 1985. Files like this one noting strong evidence that he may have been involved with child molestation. For -- it represents the pain. And the anguish. Thousands of untold -- the BSA said these files helped track offenders and protect children. But past cases have shown repeated instances of scout leaders failing to report sexual abuse to authorities. In 2010 a jury ruled the BSA did not protect Kerry Lewis from assistant scoutmaster timber -- who admitted he had molested boys. Lewis was awarded twenty million dollars she wanted to join please do so. But just keep your eyes open -- where the BSA also fought against the release of these new files. No question that there are times in the past -- go back to 4050 years old. Where we did not do you get the job that we should have been for that and for people who -- -- for that were profoundly sorry. The organization says its enhanced policies and procedures do include background checks. Training programs and mandates the reporting of suspected abuse. Some of these files also. And -- could lead to a whole new round of criminal cases. Brady hit ABC news Los Angeles.

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