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The Boy Scouts of America’s “Perversion Files” contain many of the known Scout volunteers who were accused of sexually molesting and raping children in Idaho and were banned from Scouting between 1965 and 1985. (Also known as the “Ineligible Volunteer files” (or “IV files”)m these documents are the Boy Scouts’ secret file system used to record pedophiles accused of sexually abusing scouts.)

Although the national branch of the Boy Scouts of America (the BSA) kept records on sexually abusive scoutmasters from the organization’s beginnings in 1910, it was only in the 1990s that they stopped systematically destroying these records.

The earliest IV files in existence today date from 1940s and 1950s.  In June 2012, despite the Boy Scout’s tenacious attempts to keep the Perversion Files secret, the Oregon Supreme Court ordered 1,247 of the IV files to go public.  Each of these files represents one accused pedophile within the Boy Scouts, but most of these men had multiple victims.

The Idaho State files available within this set were created by the BSA between 1965 and 1985 and involve allegations of sexual abuse by Scout leaders in more than 30 cities throughout the state.  The existence of an IV file does not mean that the alleged perpetrator was reported to law enforcement authorities.

The Scouts did not have mandatory reporting procedures and often granted accused perpetrators “probation” status and allowed them to remain in Scouting.  The list is sortable by date, location, and name.  You can download the pdf files to your computer.

To read an article about some of these perpetrators, click on this link: http://www.postregister.com/scouts_honor/

If you or someone you know was abused by a Scout Leader in Idaho, we would like to talk to you.  Please contact Crew Janci LLP today for a free, confidential consultation at 1-888-407-0224 or by using our private online form.  We will treat you with discretion and respect.

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