A new lawsuit filed by 5 men accuses the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons or “LDS”) and the Boy Scouts of America of conspiring to cover up child molesters who abused boys for decades.
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May 4, 2017 – The complaint, filed Monday in Boise federal court, alleges that LDS and Boy Scout leaders “actively concealed their knowledge that abusers had been joining Scouting for decades to gain access to and sexually abuse boys.”
Plaintiffs claim that the organizations ignored allegations about at least 3 Boy Scout leaders — Larren Arnold, Lawrence Libey and James Schmidt — who molested the boys during camping trips and other Scout-sponsored activities from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Each of the men is accused of abusing multiple boys during their tenure with the Scouts, with the alleged actions including sodomy, oral sex, fondling and forcing the children to sleep next to them in tents.
The complaint alleges that the Boy Scouts knew Arnold, Libey and Schmidt all had a history of abuse and were “ineligible” to be Scoutmasters because of the threat they posed. However, all 3 were still allowed to volunteer and work with boys.
The Boy Scouts kept secret files on Scoutmasters accused of sexual misconduct, keeping track of volunteers who shouldn’t work with children, but never revealed the findings to parents or law enforcement, according to the lawsuit.
Libey was convicted of sexual abuse in 1998.
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