Alleged Sexual Abusers: 52 Former New Jersey Boy Scout Leaders Appear in BSA “Perversion Files”

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Child sexual abuse is a heinous crime, especially when the perpetrator is someone in a position of trust. Priests, teachers, coaches, and Boy Scout leaders often have one-on-one access to vulnerable young people and crimes are committed.

NJ.com recently revealed the names of 52 former Boy Scout leaders from New Jersey who have been accused of sexually abusing boys in their care. The names come from Boy Scouts of America (BSA) “Ineligible Volunteer Files,” sometimes referred to as the “Perversion Files.”

The files, first revealed in 2012, range from 1944 to 2016 and list the names of 7,819 alleged sexual abusers along with 12,254 alleged victims. Compiled by the BSA, the list is primarily those suspected of sexual abuse – not all have been found guilty and not all cases have been litigated.

BSA used these administrative files to check names against registration. For every annual adult registration, BSA would check each name against the file list. 

Just the mere existence of the “Ineligible Volunteer Files” list alludes to the fact of BSA awareness of sexual abuse within Scouting. The BSA contends that every instance of suspected sexual abuse is reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

You can read the list of those former Boy Scout leaders who allegedly sexually abused boys here.

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