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Liste der 1.200 mutmaßlichen, angeklagten Kinderschänder von Boy Scouts

Liste der 1.200 mutmaßlichen, angeklagten Kinderschänder von Boy Scouts

List of 1,200 suspected child abusers barred from volunteering with Boy Scouts includes 45 Mass. men,

Forty-five people from Massachusetts are listed in the secret “perversion files” maintained by the Boy Scouts of America that were released Thursday by an Oregon legal team ­under an order from the Oregon Supreme Court.

The hometowns of Massachusetts residents listed in the Scouts’ ­ineligible volunteer files were spread across the state, from South Boston to Pittsfield. The files contained 44 names and one person listed as ­unknown.

Among the Massachusetts men listed is Donn W. Kruger. While living in Pepperell in 1980, he joined a troop in that town and resigned in December 1982, according to his file. He was convicted that month of ­indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, according to the database of the State Sex Offender Registry Board.

“The person involved has not been involved in Scouting since the incident and has indeed kept a very low profile,” a Scout official wrote of Kruger in a 1985 memo, which was included in his file. The official also wrote that the victim was not a Scout. Kruger, now 70, was convicted on similar charges in 1998 and 2005 and is currently incarcerated, accord­ing to the state database.

Other men named in the files could not be reached for comment Thursday night, and the Globe is not naming anyone it could not confirm has been criminally charged. Some names were listed on the state offender database, but it could not be confirmed that they were the same people.

One of the law firms included in the legal team that won the release of the files as part of a child sexual abuse lawsuit said on its website that some of the abuse allegations in the files were later substantiated by court proceedings, but “in a great many cases no such substantiation ever occurred.”

The files were introduced in a 2010 Oregon civil suit that the Scouts lost, and the Oregon ­Supreme Court ruled the files should be made public. Lawyer Kelly Clark of Portland posted the files online Thursday after the Scouts had fought against their publication in the courts, he said on his website.

The legal team, which ­included the firm O’Donnell Clark and Crew LLP and lawyer Paul Mones, emphasized: “In fact, we are in no position to verify or attest to the truth of these allegations as they were compiled by the Boy Scouts of America. The incidents reported in these documents attest to notice of potential child abuse given to the Boy Scouts of America and its affiliates and their response to that notice.”

The files listed approximately 1,200 alleged child molesters from across the country who were ­accused of abuse between 1965 and 1985, Clark said on his website. The ­alleged abusers were barred from serving with the Scouts.


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