Scouts want major redactions in 'perversion files'

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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America have requested extensive redactions to 20 years' worth of so-called perversion files before they are released to the public.

The 20,000 pages of files containing sex abuse allegations from 1965-1985 were introduced as evidence in a landmark lawsuit in Portland against the Boy Scouts because of the abuse of several youths by an Oregon Scout leader. The Scouts lost the lawsuit in an April 2010 jury ruling.

The Boy Scouts fought to keep the files confidential. But in June, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled they should be made public, with redactions of the names of victims and people who reported the crimes.

In a motion filed Thursday, the Scouts asked that the redactions be expanded to include the identities of other Scouts, parents and volunteers.

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