Confidential "perversion files" kept by the Boy Scouts of America, made public on Thursday, include several North Country cases.
The confidential files, which were released on a court order, contain information about known child molesters, background checks on individuals who applied to work for the Scouts and unsubstantiated claims about alleged criminal activity. The files include individuals from Tupper Lake, Plattsburgh, Peru, Saranac and Port Henry.
The Tupper Lake case dates back to 1961, when a state police captain forwarded the criminal record of a Scout leader to an official with the Boy Scouts in Saranac Lake. The file mentions "homosexual activities" but contains no additional information.
Boxes full of records from the Boy Scouts of America are seen next to the Boy Scout oath at an attorney’s office in Portland, Ore., on June 14. The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled the documents are public records.
(AP photo —Don Ryan)
The Enterprise isn't printing the names of the individuals involved because the files don't indicate whether they were convicted of any crimes.
The Port Henry case file included a Moriah man who had been arrested for alleged first-degree sodomy "involving a Cub Scout age boy." The file contains a news story from WIPS radio of Ticonderoga about the 27-year-old who was arrested by state police following a complaint. The man was later removed from his position with the local Boy Scout troop by a Boy Scouts executive in Glens Falls.
In 1985, a man by the same name registered with a Boy Scout troop in Texas. The documents show several letters exchanged between a Scout executive and a director of registration. The two officials attempted to confirm whether the man charged with sodomy was the same man who worked with the Scouts in 1974. The individual had also been charged with "crime of injury to a child" and had been previously arrested for child sexual abuse.
It isn't clear from the files whether it is the same man in both cases. It's also unclear whether he was convicted.
In Plattsburgh in 1970, the Boy Scouts declined to hire a 23-year-old man because he admitted to being gay and an alcoholic. At the time, the Boy Scouts said that as a private organization, they "had the right to exclude any individual for just cause such as moral character."
No detailed documents regarding cases in Peru and Saranac could be found as of press time this morning.
Contact Chris Morris at 891-2600 ext. 25 or firstname.lastname@example.org.