Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Boy Scouts Guilty In Sex Abuse Case

Oregon: A jury awarded $1.4 million to a former Portland man and decided that the Boy Scouts organization was liable for up to $25 million in punitive damages.

Lawyers for Kerry Lewis, 38, the victim who filed the lawsuit, argued the Boy Scouts organization was reckless for allowing former assistant Scoutmaster Timur Dykes to continue to associate with the victim's Scout troop after Dykes acknowledged to a bishop for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints early in 1983 that he had molested 17 Boy Scouts.

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Dykes was later convicted three times of various abuse charges involving boys and served time in prison. Shortly before trial, he acknowledged in a deposition to abusing Lewis.

The church was the charter organization for an estimated third to one half of the Boy Scout troops in the nation in the 1980s.