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PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS) ―
Apr 2, 2010 11:15 am US/Eastern
Boy Scouts Head: Parents At Fault For Sex Abuse
Boy Scouts of America Faces $29M Lawsuit By Victim; Court Case Could Lead To Public Viewing Of Secret 'Perversion Files'
The president of the Boy Scouts council for the Portland area has testified that parents of some Scouts were negligent for allowing sleepovers that led to sex abuse.
Eugene Grant told a jury Thursday in a $29 million sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and its Cascade Pacific Council that parents should not have allowed boys to stay overnight with a single man at his apartment.
The man, Timur Dykes, has admitted to molesting a victim who filed the lawsuit. The assistant Scoutmaster was convicted of other sex abuse dating to the early 1980s.
Grant says he did not know Dykes, who regularly invited boys to stay overnight with him by offering them games, exotic pets and a chance to play in his apartment swimming pool.
The case has garnered attention also for the so-called "perversion files" the Boy Scouts of America kept on abuse allegations against members of its organization as well as admissions of sex abuse.
The files consist of 20,000 pages and date from 1965 to 1985, according to CBS affiliate KOIN-TV
Dykes was convicted three times between 1983 and 1994 of sexually abusing
boys, most of them Scouts, according to the Associated Press.
He was sentenced to 18 years in prison and is currently out on parole, KOIN reports.
Attorneys Paul Mones and Kelly Clark won the release of files to help them make their case against the organization.
Although there have been dozens of lawsuits against the Boy Scouts over sex abuse allegations, judges for the most part have either denied requests for the files. The only other time the documents are believed to have been presented at a trial was in the 1980s in Virginia.
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