Los Angeles Times review of Boy Scout documents shows that a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators too often failed in its mission.
A Santa Barbara judge had told the Boy Scouts to turn over two decades of confidential files on alleged sexual abuse. The Scouts say they'll appeal.
Boy Scouts of America fought the trend of adopting criminal background checks for volunteers and staff, which allowed convicted child sex offenders to join.
The Boy Scouts expelled Dr. Thomas Kowalski in 1987 and reported him to authorities, but the victims did not press charges. He continued to work with children.
Over two decades, the Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid allegations from the public.