Inside the Boy Scouts' ‘perversion files’

Los Angeles Times reporters Jason Felch and Kim Christensen spent a year delving into confidential files on suspected sexual abusers — files that had been locked away for decades by the Boy Scouts of America. What follows is a series of groundbreaking stories on the files, along with the most comprehensive database of the cases ever published, including 1,900 files and 3,100 case summaries spanning 1947 through 2005.

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Top executives did not report suspected Scout abuse cases, files show

Top executives did not report suspected Scout abuse cases, files show

In 1987, a Scoutmaster at a camp in northeast Georgia was accused of fondling a boy in a sleeping bag.

Boy Scout files on suspected abuse published by The Times

Boy Scout files on suspected abuse published by The Times

The Times on Tuesday released about 1,200 previously unpublished files kept by the Boy Scouts of America on volunteers and employees expelled for suspected sexual abuse.

Court upholds order requiring Boy Scouts to release files

Court upholds order requiring Boy Scouts to release files

A state appellate court has upheld a Santa Barbara judge's order requiring the Boy Scouts of America to turn over two decades of confidential files on alleged sexual abuse.

Release of Boy Scouts files stirs memories of sexual abuse

Release of Boy Scouts files stirs memories of sexual abuse

Joshua Solomon kept his Boy Scouts uniform in his closet for 30 years, a cotton and nylon reminder of the sexual abuse he said he endured — but never reported — as a 12-year-old in Berkeley's Troop 22.

Wisconsin medical board targets pediatrician who molested Scouts

Wisconsin medical board targets pediatrician who molested Scouts

Wisconsin's medical examining board has launched an investigation into a prominent Milwaukee pediatrician who practiced for years after he admitted to the Boy Scouts of America that he had molested two boys in 1987.

Geography determines justice for Scout abuse victims

Geography determines justice for Scout abuse victims

Ron Morgan and Kerry Lewis grew up in adjoining states — one in Idaho, the other in Oregon.

Release of Scouts' files reveals decades of abuse

Release of Scouts' files reveals decades of abuse

More than 1,200 files on suspected sexual molesters in the Boy Scouts of America were made public Thursday, lifting the veil on decades of alleged abuse in one of the nation's oldest youth organizations.

Boy Scouts to review half-century of files on sexual predators

Boy Scouts to review half-century of files on sexual predators

The Boy Scouts of America has announced it will review more than a half-century of its confidential files on alleged sexual predators and will inform law enforcement of any cases it had not previously disclosed.

Boy Scouts failed to report abuser

Boy Scouts failed to report abuser

Boy Scouts: Records emerging on decades-old cases point to former lax handling of molestation incidents by the Boy Scouts of America and Canadian Scouts.

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Video discussion: Inside Boy Scouts 'perversion files'

Jason Felch and Kim Christensen talk about their reporting, and findings, while reporting on the Boy Scouts 'perversion files.'

Boy Scouts apologize to victims as 'perversion files' released

The Boy Scouts' national president, Wayne Perry, acknowledged in a statement that incidents of abuse have occurred and that some were...

Boy Scouts agree to mediation with sexual abuse victim

The Boy Scouts of America will not have to meet a Friday deadline to turn over thousands of confidential files to lawyers for a Santa...

Boy Scouts sued in sexual abuse case

A Santa Barbara County boy was sexually abused by his Scout leader in 2007. A judge overseeing the lawsuit brought by the boy's family has...

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Two former members of Berkeley's Troop 22 talk about their troop leader, who served time in prison for child molestation.

About the series

These articles are based on a review of hundreds of confidential files kept by the Boy Scouts of America on volunteers, employees and others accused of sexual abuse in the last several decades. The Los Angeles Times analyzed about 1,900 files and 3,100 case summaries derived from court records, then interviewed scores of victims, parents, people accused of molestation, current and former Boy Scouts officials, attorneys and child abuse experts. Reporters also tracked down other court records and media accounts from across the country. The Times has built a database based on nearly 5,000 existing records of cases opened by the Scouts into molestation allegations from 1947 through 2005. An unknown number of cases were purged by the Scouts prior to the early 1990s.