Cates, Fr. David E.
Fr. David E. Cates served
The Perversion Files
Since the early 1920s, the BSA has kept files on adult leaders and volunteers who committed various crimes and offenses. The Perversion Files, or “P Files” as the BSA internally refers to them, contain the names of scoutmasters, volunteers, and BSA staff accused or convicted of molesting or otherwise sexually abusing Boy Scouts.
As a result of Attorney Paul Mones’ 2010 lawsuit against the BSA, which resulted in a $19.9 million verdict against the Boy Scouts of America, the Perversion Files were released to the public.
Victims may be eligible for compensation, but they will also get the satisfaction of knowing they are part of a movement that will bring abusers to justice and ensure that kids today will not suffer a similar fate. When you have the strength to come forward, Paul and his team are ready to help.