Memories of spending the night at Rodger L. Beatty's home in Pennsylvania are still fresh. Five boys reported their leader's actions to Scout officials and he was expelled, but the police weren't called.
Organization often played legal hardball against accusers in molestation cases, say attorneys and families.
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.
When volunteers and employees were suspected of sexually abusing children, Boy Scout officials often didn't tell police, files from 1970-91 reveal. In many cases they sought to hide the situation.
There is no single predator profile, but analysis of confidential files shows 'grooming behavior,' a gradual seduction. For years, Scout officials ignored the advice of experts to study the files.
Boy Scouts of America fought the trend of adopting criminal background checks for volunteers and staff, unknowingly allowing convicted child sex offenders to join.
Despite lapses, the files indicate that the top officials may have followed policy and violated no laws.
Viewable online: about 1,200 previously unpublished files kept by the Boy Scouts of America on volunteers and employees expelled for suspected sexual abuse.
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 to the California Supreme Court.