Last week, Stephen Corcoran, a former Boy Scout leader from New Jersey was sentenced to ten years in prison for sexually abusing minor scouts in his troop. Corcoran will also be required to register as a convicted sex offender upon his release from prison. Corcoran is already serving a seven-year prison sentence for child pornography and the latest sentence will run concurrent with the previous one.
Corcoran pled guilty to four counts of sexual assault after three of his former scouts came forward about the abuse, which occurred between 1997 and 1999 when the boys were between the ages of 13 and 17.
Corcoran met and had access to his victims through his position as assistant Scoutmaster for their Boy Scout Troop 173. The BSA has had a problem with adult leaders sexually abusing scouts since its inception. The BSA maintain the Perversion Files, which are files on scout leaders who have sexually abused minor scouts. In 2010, Paul Mones and his co-counsel, won a sexual abuse case against the BSA, which resulted in the first public release of the Perversion Files. If you have a question about sexual abuse in the BSA, please contact the Law Office of Paul Mones.