A Multnomah County jury has found the Boy Scouts of America negligent for allowing an assistant scoutmaster who molested children to continue volunteering in the 1980s. They awarded the plaintiff $1. 4 million. Amelia Templeton reports.
Kerry Lewis is the plaintiff in the case. He was awarded $1.4 million in damages for the harm he suffered.
The jury also decided that the Boy Scouts of America acted with reckless indifference to the safety of children by failing to inform families about the risk of child abuse in scouting.
Judge John Whittmayer read the jury’s verdict, “Question number seven. Is the plaintiff entitled to punative damages against the Boy Scouts of America. Answer: Yes.”
The local branch of the Boy Scouts, the Cascade Pacific Council, was also a defendant in the case.
It was also found liable for negligence toward the plaintiff. But the jury decided the Cascade Pacific Council should not be required to pay punitive damages.
The trial will reconvene next Tuesday. The jury will hear several days of testimony and then decide how much to award in punitive damages.
The plaintiffs have asked for an additional $25 million.