Specifically, the suits alleged that the Boy Scouts kept long-running files on Scoutmasters accused of wrongful sexual misconduct, but withheld this information from the public and law enforcement. The complaints also charge that officials within the Scouts knew about pedophiles within their ranks, but turned a blind eye and took no meaningful action to stop the abuse.
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From 1962 thru 1977, at least 7 Scout leaders were accused of molesting Scouts and other children, in Idaho alone. Over the next 5 years, at least 3 additional claims of sexual impropriety against Scout Masters were made, according to the lawsuits.
Plaintiffs furthermore charge the Boy Scouts of America with being fully aware of the scope of abuse by 1982.
At least 5 of the alleged abusers named in the lawsuits — Larren Arnold , Doug Bowen, Dennis Empey, Lawrence Libey and James Schmidt — have since been convicted of lewd conduct, sometimes in relation to Scouts cases and sometimes not.
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