This week (January 25th, 2015) a trial started in Santa Barbara, CA concerning a boy scout who was sexually touched by his scout leader in 2007. While various media articles portray this case as one where the perversion files are being seen by a jury for the first time, this is actually the second time the Boy Scout perversion files are being seen by a jury. As some news articles correctly noted, the perversion files were first introduced in our case in 2010 in Portland, Oregon. The case resulted in a 19.9 million dollar verdict – the largest ever against the Boy Scouts. The case also resulted in the first-ever public release of these files which covered the period 1965 through 1985. Because of our efforts in 2010, the attorney in Santa Barbara will now be able to use them in his case. He will also use files for the period 1991-2007. Based upon news reports, it seems clear that the attorney in Santa Barbara is using the files in a similar way to the way we used them in our trial in 2010. I am gratified, as I know my dear friend and co-counsel , Kelly Clark (who died in 2013) would be, to see that the files are again being used in a case.
Attorney Paul Mones has represented numerous victims throughout the nation who were sexually abused in boy scouting activities. If you have a question about any matter or issue concerning sexual abuse in Boy Scouts please contact my office.