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Boy Scout files reveal nine Austin ‘ineligible volunteers’

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Thousands of names are now public information regarding alleged pedophiles within the Boy Scouts of America Organization. Some of them, right here, in Austin.

"It's happening in scout leaders' homes, it's happening on the way to movies, on overnights...and we see that happening in these files over and over again," said Oregon attorney, Kelly Clark.

He is referring to the "Ineligible Volunteer Files" kept by the Boy Scouts of America from 1965 to 1985.

Charles Mead, with the Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council, said, "The Boy Scouts of America began compiling the Ineligible Volunteer Files in the 1920's when it became obvious that there were reports, instances of child abuse taking place."

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled they could be made public after years of legal battles between the boy scouts and child advocacy attorneys.

"You do not get to keep secrets about hidden dangers to children. Period. End of conversation," said Clark.

Another Oregon attorney, Paul Mones, added, "The Sandusky case is an ideal example, the way that he operated is the same way that many of these scout leaders operated."

The files contain memos and hand-written letters from alleged victims, more than 1,000 cub scouts and boy scouts across the U.S.

Mead said, "We absolutely know that there have been instances where everything we have done, for whatever reasons, was not good enough."

The database shows more disturbing allegations. Five thousand men and a handful of women from 1947 to January 2005 are all suspected of sexual abuse. Of those nine are here in Austin.

"The Boy Scouts knew they had an institution-wide problem with child abuse and didn't take steps to deal with that," Clark said.

"The IV files are the last line of defense, but the most important thing is that they are a part of the overall youth protection policies of the Boy Scouts," Mead said.

Any adult wanting to become a member of the Boy Scouts of America has to go through an application process, which includes agreeing to a criminal background check, but the organization didn't start doing this until after this alleged incident in 2003.

Mead added, "Anybody who works for the scouting organization and doesn't do the right thing, doesn't need to be working for the scouting organization anymore."

Clark said, "Very rarely do you see an organization stand up and say, 'we blew it. We, the organization, blew it.' And the Boy Scouts have essentially said that and I think they should get some credit for that."

Every year after admission, adult Boy Scout volunteers are screened for suspicious behavior with children.

The nine previously mentioned as being in the Austin area, are no longer with the organization.

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