Boy Scouts Can Keep Abuse Files Secret

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Portland attorney Kelly Clark examines some of the 14,500 pages of previously confidential documents created by the Boy Scouts of America concerning child sexual abuse within the organization.

The Boy Scouts of America can keep their so-called “perversion files” secret for now, a Texas appeal judge has ruled. Back in August, a Texas judge had ordered the organization to release 27 years' worth of sexual-abuse complaints to attorneys of a former Scout who claimed he’d been sexually abused by a former Scoutmaster who was already behind bars. Thursday, however, a Texas appeals court sided with the Scouts’ request to keep their so-called perversion files private. The teenager’s attorneys are expected to respond to the court’s decision next week.