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In scouts’ sex-abuse scandal, dark secrets for a model citizen

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This article is based on the so-called “perversion files” that the Boy Scouts of America maintained for decades to identify scoutmasters and others accused of child molestation. The files were released to the public last month through a lawsuit filed by an Oregon man who said the scouts failed to protect him from sexual abuse. So far, files on 20 Georgia scout leaders have been released, and another 43 Georgia cases are expected to be made public soon.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution attempted to interview former scoutmaster Ernest Boland of Athens, as well as his lawyer. Neither responded to requests for an interview. Several former scout officials involved in Boland’s case declined to comment.

The newspaper is not identifying former scouts who say they were molested. The newspaper’s policy is to generally not name suspected victims of sex crimes.

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