More than former Boy Scout leaders who appeared in the so-called "Perversion Files" were being singled out Tuesday. More than 7, Boy Scouts of America leaders nationwide were accused by the lawyers of child sex abuse. Many of the former Scout leaders appeared in a sweeping Los Angeles Times database dating to October that tracked thousands of men and women who were kicked out of the organization between and January due to suspected sex abuse. Jeff Anderson said he planned to file multiple lawsuits against the Boy Scouts on behalf of many victims. Boy Scout councils, which are headed by three people, are divided into districts that operate individual scouting units. There are more than , scouting units nationwide, the organization wrote on its website.
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Six former scouts have sued the Boy Scouts of America and its New Hampshire division, alleging that the groups failed to protect them from sexual abuse by an ex-scoutmaster who was sentenced to prison last year for assaulting scouts decades ago. The Rockingham Superior Court lawsuit alleges that the organizations were aware of reports of prior allegations against Eugene Perreault, yet they didn't properly supervise or investigate him. Perreault pleaded guilty last year to sexually assaulting four scouts in the s and early s. He received a toyear sentence. The "John Doe" plaintiffs allege abuse during the same period.
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The response from the two organizations comes after six former scouts filed a civil lawsuit in Rockingham Superior Court against them in May. The lawsuit accuses both organizations of negligence and fraudulent concealment, alleging both groups allowed Perreault to continue in his capacity as a scoutmaster despite reports of abuse. Perreault is serving 12 to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to 13 counts of felonious sexual assault and four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault after several former scouts cooperated in a criminal investigation against him, which began in The civil lawsuit against the Boys Scouts of America describes a pattern of abuse committed by Perreault against the six John Does, listed as plaintiffs with their initials. It is unknown if any of the plaintiffs participated in the criminal investigation into Perreault. The victims, now adults, claim the scouting organizations neglected to take action against Perreault though they had received abuse allegations against him, and that there was a systemic widespread problem of sexual abuse by scout leaders. Perreault had been a scoutmaster in Epping and Newfields from the s to the early s. According to the suit, an Epping resident reported two victims had been abused by Perreault in
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