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Portland Firm Files Seventh Suit Against Boy Scouts Of America

A Portland law firm has filed its seventh lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America. This time, it’s a $5.5 million suit on behalf of a man who claims he was sexually abused by a Sea Scout Leader in Portland during the 70s.

A 51-year old man living in the Portland area claims the late Gregory Benson abused him starting when he was 14.

Attorney Kelly Clark contends the Scouts’ policies failed to protect his client.

Kelly Clark “The theory is that if an organization had this much knowledge for this many years of a problem within the organization, that’s evidence of negligence.”

A statement from the Boy Scouts makes no reference to the suit’s claims, but says the abuse of anyone is intolerable, and that the BSA continues to develop protections for young people.

Clark says he expects a rematch in this case over the Scouts’ so-called “perversion files” - thousands of secret documents on abusers reaching back decades.

The files were admitted into a separate abuse trial last year.

Several news outlets, including OPB, petitioned to see them. The Scouts appealed.

The Oregon Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on the request.

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