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Local Ties to Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Files

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Shocking details of child sex abuse were released Thursday concerning Boy Scout leaders in Pennsylvania and here in West Virginia. Now we have learned that there are local ties to the perversion files released yesterday by the Boy Scouts of America.

These files show that two West Virginia scout leaders were allowed to resign in the 70's without facing criminal charges amid allegations of sexual abuse involving young boys.

These incidents were kept quiet over the decades by pastors, judges and journalists until yesterday when the Oregon Supreme Court ordered their release.

According to the reports over 25 West Virginia communities are linked to allegations of abuse. One report abuse allegations were made against a scoutmaster in Glen Dale. According to the report back in 1972, the scoutmaster was caught in a compromising position with a young boy at Sandscrest Camp.

Bob Drury, Scout Executive of Ohio River Valley Council of Boy Scout of America, says a comprehensive youth protection program has been adopted since the late 80s to protect the youth, from criminal backgrounds to a required youth protection program for leaders.

"The protocol of an incident like this would happen today, I get informed immediately and at the same time local law enforcement gets informed immediately of the situation almost simultaneously. It's not a big question of being me first or local law enforcement first. But local law enforcement is always to first or second phone call," says Drury.

Drury said back when this took place the officials who responded immediately did everything they should have as far as immobilizing the people's vehicles so they couldn't leave. Today the scouts have what is called Two Deep leadership in which there will always be two leaders present for every activity to prevent an incident like this from occurring.

Drury hopes that this doesn't deter parents from letting their children join the boy scouts. The Boy Scouts of America's goal is to provide a program that instills leadership, citizenship and physical fitness and will continue to move forward from these cases.

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