Suit accuses Boy Scouts, Mormon Church of shielding pedophiles

June 24, 2013 

Four former Idaho scouts filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Monday, alleging that both organizations shielded sexual abusers in Scouting leadership positions.

The LDS, which sponsored three of the four troops involved, and the Boy Scouts failed to remove abusers from the organization or notify police or parents, even after boys and their parents told them about cases of molestation or rape, lawyers for the victims said.

The four plaintiffs, identified in the lawsuit as John Doe I-IV, were allegedly sexually abused by Boy Scout leaders in Boise, Lewiston, and McCall. The alleged abuse took place in the 70s and 80s.

The men are seeking damages in excess of $75,000 each. The exact amount awarded will be determined by a jury, attorney Timothy Walton of Boise said.

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