Father says Boy Scouts failed his son in sex abuse case
Sarasota father suing Boy Scouts of America
7:32 PM, Sep 16, 2013
1:57 AM, Sep 17, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - "It's heartbreaking. You know, my son, he enjoyed being in scouting," said a Sarasota victim's father.
Now his son is in mental health counseling four years after being raped on an overnight Boy Scout camping trip.
"My son and a lot of people were let down by the Scouts and the court system," said the dad.
He spoke to our Laura Harris on condition we don't reveal his identity. His son was just 12-years-old when older Boy Scout in an authority position, a senior patrol leader, sexually assaulted him in a camping tent.
"There was files out there that there was no training, there was no anything, to try to prevent anything like this from happening," said the dad.
He's one of three families who've filed suit against the Boy Scouts for not releasing what have been called "perversion files," documenting alleged abuse between boy scouts.
But attorney Damian Mallard says they don't know how long the records were kept.
"The Boy Scout of America have not told us that yet. We've asked for these records for the last ten years," said Mallard.
Mallard says a Sarasota judge just ordered the national organization to release the so-called "perversion files."
"We have found out for the first time that it is known in the United States that the Boy Scouts of America, headquartered out of Dallas, Texas, has kept files of either actual of alleged incidents of boys in Boy Scouts sexually, physically, or verbally abusing other boys," he said.
Mallard says the suspect, 15-years-old at the time of the incident, was given a deal with no prison time but was later caught sexually abusing a 6-year-old boy and sent to a state correctional facility. The Sarasota attorney says a second suspect assaulted two of his clients in 2009.
He was "coaxed 'CLW' into a tent where he forced him to perform sex acts at knife point under the threat that he would be killed if he did not do it," explained Mallard.
The Boy Scouts of America responded in a written statement only saying it can't comment on the lawsuit but also said the "safety of our youth members is of paramount importance."
This father says it isn't about money but about making sure other boys are protected.
"That something like this doesn't happen to anybody else," he said.