Needham Case Included in Boy Scout 'Perversion Files'

As part of the settlement in a multi-million-dollar sex abuse case, files containing information on thousands of possible crimes were released Thursday, Oct. 18.

A Needham case involving alleged sexual abuse by a Scout troop leader is part of the Boy Scouts of America's "perversion files" released Thursday, Oct. 18 to the public.

For decades, the Boy Scouts kept the files as a way to keep volunteers suspected of inappopriate sexual behavior away from children. The cases were not shared with parents or police.

The files became public Thursday as part of an $18.5 million settlement between the Boy Scouts and a victim.

The Los Angeles Times has created a list of the cases by year, city, state and troop number. The newspaper's list includes the time period covered by Thursday's release (1965 to 1985), but also other accusations and documents gathered and released in various court cases.

The Needham case from 1982, involved Troop 10, according to the LA Times. Public records on the case are available on the LA Times website. 

The case list includes 179 cases in Massachusetts, including six in Boston.

There were also six Boston cases, three in Weymouth, two in Quincy and others in Hull, Marshfield, Pembroke and Plymouth ranging from 1973 to 2003. The full list of cases is available on the LA Times website and is searchable by state, town and name.


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