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Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Scandal Reaches Snellville

Two Snellville cases, identified by case numbers only, were included in the reams of documents popularly known as the 'perversion files.'

There are two Snellville cases of alleged sexual abuse by Boy Scout troop leaders, both of which were filed in the 1990s.

The first, identified only as ID 383, involved troop number 553 and was filed in 1990. The second, identified as ID 2795, involved troop number 50 and was filed in 1996.

Three other nearby troops are listed:

  • Stone Mountain: 1987, troop 118
  • Stone Mountain: 1989, troop 149
  • Lithonia: 1986, troop 338

The cases are found on a map included in documents put together by the Los Angeles Times.

The files are known as the "ineligible volunteer" files. After one Pennsylvania man admitted to "acts of perversion" with scouts, he resigned. An executive with the organization wrote the following, as first reported on NBCNews.com:

“If it is acceptable with you, I would like to let this case drop. [He] is undergoing professional treatment in an effort to stabilize his emotional stability. He recognizes that he has had a problem and he is personally taking steps to resolve this situation. The community involved is rather unique and one father has threatened legal action which could only injure the Boy Scouts of America.

Therefore, I would suggest that we let it drop. My personal opinion in this particular case is, ‘if it don't stink, don't stir it.’"

The man was later re-admitted as a leader within the Boy Scouts organization.

For decades, the Boy Scouts of America kept the files as a way to keep volunteers suspected of inappopriate sexual behavior away from children. Many cases were not shared with parents or police.

The files became public Thursday as part of an $18.5 million settlement between the Boy Scouts and a victim.

A psychiatrist who reviewed the files and testified on the Boy Scouts' behalf in the trial that led to the release of the files, found that 60 percent of the cases were already reported in various forms of public documents, including newspaper articles and police reports. 

The Los Angeles Times has created a list of the cases by year, city, state and troop number. The newspaper's list includes the time period covered by today's release (1965 to 1985), but also other accusations and documents gathered and released in various court cases.

In some cases, the suspects were convicted of sex crimes. In others, they were only suspected.

The dates are the years a file was begun by the Boy Scouts, not necessarily the year an incident took place.

Antony Bordoli October 19, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I was a victim during the 80's in a Miami, Florida troop and not just by one scoutmaster, but three. I was not the only victim and the troop "folded", as they call it. Nowadays, a minor is not allowed to be left alone with another scoutmaster and the new reading material given to scouts makes this very clear and what steps should be taken. Although I will not allow any of my four sons to participate in the Boys Scounts of America, it is fair to say that like the Catholic Church this institution has made steps to prevent future cases of abuse. Remedying past cases of abuse is another story.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Antony, thanks for having the courage to speak out about this issue and sharing your thoughts.
Antony Bordoli October 19, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I just checked the released "caught" offenders at http://www.kellyclarkattorney.com/files/ and saw no mention of anyone from my troop. The files are from 1965-85, though. My abuse occurred between 1982-88 between the age of 11-16. When a scoutmaster was caught they were treated no different than a scout that had stolen something. It was called "The Mill". A hole in the ground was dug (typically by the offender) and he entered it willingly (most often naked) as all manners of food and human excretions were sent in afterwards. After being "Milled", the matter was over and what happened in the campsite stayed in the campsite. Only one of my abusers was ever "Milled" and I had no direct participation in the "capital punishment" (nor any for I was against any form of "torture"). I did talk to other scouts at "Jubilee" events where multiple troops came together and "The Mill" was standard procedure among all in South Florida (I cannot speak for the rest of the United States). Victimized scouts within a troop spoke to each other and we all knew who to stay away from despite them still being allowed to volunteer after a "Milling". Older scouts watched out for the younger ones because no doubt they themselves had been abused.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 08:51 PM
The cases listed on this map extend through the 90s. You can type "miami" in the search engine and look for the troop number. Let me know if you have trouble navigating it. If you want, you can email Crystal.Huskey@patch.com with the troop number and I can find it.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Map is here: http://spreadsheets.latimes.com/boyscouts-cases/
Antony Bordoli October 19, 2012 at 08:58 PM
A syndrome occurs such that the victim often justifies the abuse of the abuser and even goes as far to protect them. Two of my abusers used to frequent my family home as an adult but when I saw one of them go after my eldest son (during a one week houseboat vacation), I knew that they had not changed and were incapable resisting their urges. My son, however, was very well trained to call out abusers and that he did right on the spot before anything illegal transpired, I had also pre-warned everyone to be on-guard prior to the trip based on the abuse that transpired with me as well as the clever ways that would be used to create "alone time". I ceased all contact with that individual (who also abused my younger brother who is unwilling to talk about it), but I cannot bring myself to confront the main individual.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I've heard similar stories from multiple people regarding childhood abuse. One of my friends was abused by her stepfather. She thought he had changed, until it happened to her daughter. I'm glad your situation turned out better. Email me any time, Antony, I'd be happy to publish a letter to the editor that your abuser might just read. I hope you can find some closure.
Antony Bordoli October 19, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I searched the document for Miami, Floridas Troop #64 and the three offenders got off "scott-clean" without even an official report being made despite the fact that the Troop folded because parents were closing in due to their suspicions. Some offenders are smarter than others and have their "craft" down to a science. Typically it involves a vetting process making sure that the victim isn't going to tell anyone. I tried telling my mother, but she didn't want to believe me. Too much trouble and effort, I guess.
KimW October 19, 2012 at 10:40 PM
After suffering childhood abuse from age 3-14 I have come to believe those who act this way cannot be rehabilitated. And it saddens me to know how many suffered over and over because no one wanted to bring it out in the open.. Antony I am so very sorry it happened to you.. I know my abuse still affects me to this day and I've had over 23 years of therapy...children must be taught to speak up and to keep telling an adult until someone hears them.. and as adults we must listen to the subtle things children are saying and showing us.. I grew up in same household as my abuser and at age almost 50 I have not been able to confront my abuser either and just shared it with my siblings 2 years ago, one believes me the other does not.. and it is the female sibling who does not believe it.. there is some block there thinking that abuse only happens at night and since we shared a room it could not have happened.. but as I was 10 years younger mine happened when I was left home when my siblings were taken of all places - to their scout meetings.. both of them were avid scouts... there is bad in every corner of society.. no one group is immune as much as we would like to think it is...
Antony Bordoli October 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM
For that reason, my sons go nowhere alone and if they do spend the night at a school friend's house, it is always two that go. The cure to fighting child abuse of this nature is to take away the possibility of "alone time" between potential victims and potential abusers. Unfortunately, I have friends that were raised in 3rd world countries where quite oft, they as children were passed around fathers, uncles, cousins, grandfathers and family friends like a bucket of chicken. Very sad.
Antony Bordoli October 19, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I took up residence with my assistant scoutmaster for approximately six months during a time that my mother was basically homeless and could only find room to live with her for my younger brother. What was strange is that during this time, I was not abused and my abuser treated me much like a surrogate father. I am 40 so my abuse stopped at the age of 16 (1988). Frequency of abuse was beginning to cease as my younger brother began staying the night. I believe that I had become too old thus my abuser became disinterested. Moving from Miami to Georgia solved the problem altogether....at least as far as my brother and I were concerned.

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