(WMC-TV) – More than 20,000 formerly secret Boy Scout files are now public. The documents identify scout leaders and volunteers who were banned from the organization over a 20 year period.
Boy Scouts earn badges for merit, but for years, attorneys argued the organization hid boxes of dishonor.
Thousands of internal records of scoutmaster and volunteers accused of inappropriate conduct with boys were uncovered.
The so-called "perversion files" include information about incidents that allegedly happened from 1965 to 1985. The files were released with the approval of the Oregon Supreme Court after a case against the Boy Scouts in which a scoutmaster sexually abused a scout.
The Boy Scouts of America fought the release of the records claiming confidentiality encouraged people to report suspicious behavior and protect victims, whose names are redacted and removed.
More than 1,000 alleged abusers are named.
There are a number of Mid-South cases in the files.