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Chester County Man Sues Boy Scouts for Sex Abuse

The Boy Scouts perversion files are finally giving way to lawsuits. One of these lawsuits are coming from the Philadelphia area, reports NBC Philadelphia.

Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts of America were ordered to release their “perversion files,” a database of names and files listing the names of Scouts leaders who were reported to the organization for suspected sexual abuse.

The release of these 1,200 names caused a huge uproar as many of the files showed reported cases of child sex abuse that were never followed up on. Many felt that these so-called perversion files were symbolic of a cover-up, with Boy Scouts trying to salvage its good name.

The local case comes out of Chester County, where a scoutmaster allegedly sexually assaulted a boy in its troops. The boy who was assaulted has since grown up and spoke at a press conference on Wednesday morning.

There isn’t much information on the lawsuit yet, as it’s a relatively new filing. But suffice to say, it’s not the only Boy Scouts lawsuit stemming from the perversion files. Earlier this month, a man in Chicago sued Boy Scouts of America for failing to protect him from a scout leader when he was ten-years-old.

The Chicago lawsuit names Thomas Hacker, a scout leader who was known to the organization as a child molester. Despite this, he was allowed to volunteer for the organization in Illinois and molested the boy in 1985.

It’s likely that the Chester County lawsuit mirrors the Chicago one, on many levels. The Chicago lawsuit alleges psychological damage and mental anguish.

Intentional infliction of emotional distress isn’t that easy to sue for. A claim for emotional distress requires extreme or outrageous conduct that intentionally or recklessly causes severe emotional distress.

Stay tuned for more information on this lawsuit, as it unfolds.

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