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Boy Scouts' Confidential Files To Be Released

AP | Oct. 18, 2012 6:24 a.m. | Portland

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Confidential files kept by the Boy Scouts of America on men they suspected of child sex abuse are set to be released after a two-year-long court battle.

Boy Scouts Cascade Pacific Council, Portland.

Boy Scouts Cascade Pacific Council, Portland.

Enya Chiu

The anticipated release of the files on Thursday by Portland attorney Kelly Clark will reveal 20,000 pages of documents the Scouts kept on men inside — and in some cases outside — the organization believed to have committed acts of abuse.

The court-ordered release of the so-called perversion files from 1965 to 1985 has prompted the organization to pledge that they will go back into the files and report any offenders who may have not been reported to the police when alleged abuse took place.

Press conference by attorneys Paul Mones and Kelly Clark.

Press conference by attorneys Paul Mones and Kelly Clark.

Michael Clapp / OPB

That could prompt a new round of criminal prosecutions for offenders who have so far escaped justice.

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