More than 180 NY, NJ Boy Scout leaders named as sex abusers in organization's 'perversion files'

Mike Montone
April 23, 2019 - 9:02 am

FILE - In this July 31, 2005 file photo, Boy Scouts salute as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the Boy Scout Jamboree in Bowling Green, Va. In 2019, financial threats to the Boy Scouts have intensified as multiple states consider adjusting their statute-of-limitations laws so that victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have a chance to seek redress in the courts. (AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Attorneys in New York have released the names of more than 180 local Boy Scout leaders who have been accused of sexual misconduct with minors.

The attorneys are demanding the Boy Scouts of America release their internal listing of all area scout leaders with a history of sexual misconduct allegations. They say the scouts may have removed some of the men from scouting without making their alleged crimes known to the public.

WEB EXTRA: List of accused abusers in New Jersey

WEB EXTRA: List of accused abusers in New York 

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The firm says it has uncovered evidence of more than 7,000 alleged child sex abusers within the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America. They claim the evidence is in the Boy Scout's own so-called 'perversion files' that names Boy Scout leaders accused of sexual abuse.

“We believe victims, we support them, and we have paid for unlimited counseling by a provider of their choice,” the Boy Scouts said in a statement. "Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in Scouting and we are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children."

Attorneys say the system is built on denial and cover-ups, and that the scouts have files on child abuse that date all the way back to the 1940s.

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