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Secret Boy Scout files include central Illinois cases

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 14:23:42 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Numerous central Illinois cases are emerging from a trove of once confidential documents kept by the Boy Scouts of America. The archive is of allegations of sexual misconduct against scouting officials from the 1940s until recently. A judge in Oregon ordered the Scouts to release the files after decades of secrecy. Advocates have slammed the scouts for allegedly trying to preserve the organization's reputation while ignoring harm done to children. Included in the files are cases in Minier, Wapella, Pekin, Peoria, Lincoln, Champaign, Urbana, Washington, Canton, and Depue. Not all the allegations involve children. For instance, one involving a Bloomington man who led scouts in Minier concerns a liaison with another adult scouting official in a Pekin park in 1982. That incident was public at the time. Illinois has nearly 300 cases represented in the files. The case in Wapella happened in 2003. One in Pekin was filed in 2000, and another in Lincoln in 2000.


   

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