Lawyers filed suit against the Boy Scouts of America and the First United Methodist Church of Oregon in Corvallis Tuesday.
The plaintiffs allege that a local scout master threatened a boy with death if he didn’t perform sex acts. The alleged abuse happened in the 1980’s.
The civil suit claims Corvallis scout leader James J. Jones abused an 11-year-old for about a year — at scouting offices, at the church and on camping and hiking trips.
Attorney Kelly Clark is seeking for his client $5 million in damages for sexual battery, negligence and fraud.
“When a large and trusting organization like this, knows that it has a cancer in its midst. It cannot continue to act as if everything is fine,” Clark said.
James J. Jones would not be recorded for broadcast but said the accuser has problems. He said he’d never been alone with the boy.
The Boy Scouts issued a statement saying it had not seen the lawsuit, but deeply regrets the times when Scouts have been abused.