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Boy Scout Files Show 14 Silicon Valley Leaders Were Suspected of Sexual Abuse

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

 

Fourteen Silicon Valley cases of possible sexual abuse by Boy Scout troop leaders and volunteers are part of the organization's files released Thursday to the public.

For decades, the Boy Scouts of America 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.

Specific details and reports on only three Silicon Valley cases were released Thursday.

Eleven other cases of Boy Scout abuse in Silicon Valley, many of them hidden from police and even parents and discovered through lawsuits, are part of a database created through years of reporting at the Los Angeles Times.

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 today's release (1965 to 1985), but also other accusations and documents gathered and released in various court cases.

Here is a list of the 14 cases in Silicon Valley, according to the L.A. Times files.

According to the Times, the accused are identified below by name when files are available and by a unique number otherwise. If the same person is associated with more than one troop or unit, that name or number is repeated. Dates mark when the Boy Scouts created the file, not when the incidents are alleged to have occurred.

Name or ID First Name Year City Troop # 4616 1992 Gilroy 711 Hartley Craig D. 1980 Los Altos 36 336 1990 Los Altos 33 4624 1994 Los Gatos 501 2141 1966 Los Gatos 501 332 1990 Milpitas 8633 Wentworth Ronald 1972 Palo Alto 146 2799 1998 Palo Alto 31 1418 1988 Palo Alto 152 4624 1995 Santa Clara 14 4491 1998 Santa Clara 419 2143 1969 Saratoga 500 McCrery Charles 1971 Sunnyvale 463 1969 1961 Sunnyvale 483
Jeanne Rajabzadeh October 19, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Why did they not share the files with the police? Isn't this agaist the law? It sure is for teachers and school staff. Not to tell the parents is beyond wrong!
Deb R October 19, 2012 at 07:33 PM
And, yet, being openly gay keeps a young man, who has gone up through the Boy Scout ranks, from receiving his earned Eagle Scout badge. Hhhhhmmmm :/
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Hi Jeanne, this is a disturbing pattern seen time and time again by some institutions that have suffered from this malignancy, including the Catholic Church and other faith groups ... Now the American Scouting program ... These documents have been kept secret because these groups used to think that shielding the info would preserve the good names of those accused, but what it's done is further perpetuated a culture of silence against this horrible crime perpetrated against our most innocent in society. Now, thanks to the Oregon Supreme Court, 14,500 pages of the secret "perversion files" have been released. We'll try to dig on those local names in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Agree ... I was just arguing this point with my husband, who's a Scout leader in our faith group. Doesn't seem fair to me.
Bay Area Native October 19, 2012 at 07:54 PM
My experience with the Boy Scouts was a very negative one. I was a scout for about 6 months many years ago and it was far and away the most dysfunctional group that I've ever been a part of! Scouts beating up troop leaders, adults leaving scouts by themselves on camping trips, etc, etc... I would never want anybody that I know to be Boy Scout!
John Lochner October 19, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I became a Boy Scout in 1940 in Webster NY. Unfortunately for me, my Scoutmaster at that time volunteered for military service after Pearl Harbor and the Scout Troop fell by the wayside for a while. Since moving to Los Gatos in 1954, I have been involved in Scouting, both locally with the Los Gatos Lions Club, who sponsor Troop 539 and as President of the Santa Clara County Council of Scouting in 1998-99. During this period, Scouting made changes in the Program to stop the molestation of children. To become a leader in Scouting, one had to go through a vigorous indoctrination and training program. As you can see from the statistics, the record shows that there have not been any instances reported since the late 1990's. Scouting is a terrific program and there are many dedicated leaders and parents involved in the process of helping kids grow up to be well rounded citizens. Regarding the gay issue in Scouting, you must realize that the top leaders in Scouting are members of the Mormon religion, hence the rejection of openly gay youth. This is very unfortunate and I would hope for a change but it doesn't appear likely in the near future. Sheila, I don't see where digging out local names would be of any benefit to the Scouting Program or the Community.
Anne Ernst October 19, 2012 at 08:58 PM
This is such a shame on so many counts. There are some fine people involved in Boy Scouts, but irresponsible behavior such as the organization protecting predators is unforgivable. I also can't forgive the organization for discriminating against boys who just happen to be gay.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I have met many adult men who cherished their time as a boy scout, so I appreciate that I can count on them to help in times of need. However, any institution that hides criminal activity should face consequences. Look at Penn State. Should the names of the local individuals be released, it partly depends if the victims want to come forward. Would reporters be wrong to release the names? No, not at all, since the names have been released through court documents. Journalists are here to provide accurate and truthful information. How the community reacts depends on the community.
Larry Arzie October 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I started as a cub scout and worked my way up through all the merit badges for eagle scout and became lodge leader for Order of the Arrow until I was 18. Never was there a whisper of deviancy. When it does surface publicly it is painful and discolors the good times I had. Hiding the information is not good either and I presume it happened to protect everyone. No matter the reason life is not as simple as it used to be and bring this out in the open, no matter how painful, is a long overdue cleansing. Even one young man scared for life is too many.
Rose Arnaudo October 21, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Don and Rose Arnaudo We are still working with scouts. My son Stefan became an Eagle in 1991. It is a great program and very helpful for the growth of young men. However, we do not agree with the Gay scout situation. He should be allowed to have his Eagle Scout. We are supposed to be a Christian group and yet we discriminate. We hope the Scout administration will CHANGE its policy!!
Carole Jones October 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM
October 21, Several years ago, when their father was an active member of the Air Force, one of my sons was a member of a local scout troop. Returning from a camping trip, he told me that the adult who accompanied the group tried to rape some of the boys, including my son. My son, of his own volition, quit scouts immediately. The person who tried to molest the boys was also in the military. I was horrified but his father and I never mentioned it outside the family. If you were involved with the military, in those days at least, you didn't speak out about anything negative. Thank heavens things are changing. Carole Jones

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