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14
Apr
2010
Jury finds Boy Scouts could have done more to prevent sexual abuse

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An Oregon jury awarded $1.4 million to Kerry Lewis, who was abused by a former scout leader. The jury also decided the Boy Scout organization is liable for punitive damages to be decided in a separate trial. The Boy Scouts had fought to keep the "perversion files" (names of alleged child molesters who were scout leaders) confidential, but in February the Oregon Supreme Court approved the release of more than 1,000 files kept on alleged pedophiles from 1965 to mid-1984 to be used in the Portland trial.