Lawsuit: 2 Scoutmasters sexually abused boy in New Mexico
December 10, 2018 05:13 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- A new lawsuit claims two Boy Scouts of America scoutmasters sexually assaulted a scout in New Mexico in the 1980s.
The lawsuit states that Robert Malloy and Ronald Bruckner groomed the alleged victim, referred to as John Doe, then sexually abused him for years.
Malloy and Brucker were both Catholic priests, according to the lawsuit.
John Doe states that he was abused during camping and hiking trips to Cochiti Lake, Jemez and Philmont Scout Ranch.
The lawsuit alleges that the Boy Scouts of America had a list of pedophiles in its organization, known as the "perversion files."
The lawsuit claims the organization "failed to implement alternative child sex abuse policies," allowing alleged pedophiles like Malloy and Bruckner to prey on young Boy Scouts.
New Mexico scout executive Chris Shelby said policies to protect children have changed since the 1980s.
“We are a safe organization. The problems that occurred in many youth organizations, charitable organizations, churches and community groups are a thing of the past,” Shelby said. “The bulk of our organizations are taking steps to prevent individuals from using scouting or other organizations as a method to chase youth.”
As an example, all scouting handbooks now have a youth protection section that helps educate parents on signs of child sex abuse. It also provides resources so parents can report a crime.
All Boy Scout employees and volunteers are also required to submit an application for a criminal background check.
Updated: December 10, 2018 05:13 PM
Created: December 10, 2018 04:39 PM
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