UPDATE 4:08 p.m.:
Jeff Anderson & Associates have released the following statement:
“All the pledges and promises from the Boy Scouts of America fall short. The reality is, they have to identify the names of thousands of offenders from their secret files. The Boy Scouts need to come clean and inform the communities who these people are, what they did, and where they are today. Through a simple keystroke, they have the ability today to release the names and locations of every offender that sexually abused children. Absent that, any effort, promise, pledge, practice is falling short of protecting kids. This is a time for action and truth, not a time for excuses, promises or policies.”
Five Rivers Council and the Boy Scouts of America have released the following statements:
“We care deeply about all victims of child abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in Scouting and we are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children. To our knowledge, all cases discussed in the media today were reported prior to 1991 and were handled appropriately.”
“The BSA has adopted some of the strongest barriers to abuse found in any youth-serving organization and we take the responsibility to uphold those barriers seriously. Today, we are considered by many of the top experts in youth protection policies to be leaders in this effort. The safety and protection of children in our Scouting programs is our top priority. We have screening procedures for registered leaders and act swiftly to report abuse allegations to law enforcement.”
An attorney in New York says the Boy Scouts of America has files going all the way back to the 1940’s that document allegation of sexual abuse by thousands of scout leaders, including those from the Twin Tiers.
Attorney Jeff Anderson held a press conference this morning and during the conference, he stated the files kept by the Boy Scouts of America were called “Perversion Files” by the organization.
The report names several former Boy Scout leaders from Corning, Elmira, Horseheads, and Odessa, among other areas across the Empire State who are allegedly on the “Perversion Files.”
Corning: Bradford Kaopuiki – Troop 11
Elmira/Horseheads: Richard H. Felker – Explorer 75/Sea Scouts 75
Elmira: Thomas E. Noyes – Troop 15
Elmira: Guy K. Sparks – Troop 20
Odessa: Daryl E. VonNeida – Troop 50
Anderson also stated that a witness in a trial earlier in 2019 revealed under oath that nearly eight thousand scout leaders have been accused of sexually abusing more than twelve thousand minors.
“This isn’t a list that Jeff Anderson made. This is a list the #BoyScouts made. They committed such egregious offenses that the Boy Scouts on their own thought they should put them on the list.” – @BridieUSA— Anderson Advocates (@AndersonCause) April 23, 2019
The particular interest in New York State is the “Child Protection Act” which takes effect on August 14 and extends the statute of limitations for crimes against children.
While the Boy Scouts may have reported these allegations to law enforcement, Anderson also stated that the organization had a duty to inform the community in which these leaders lived and worked.
A written statement the Boy Scouts of America said they never “Knowingly allowed a sexual predator to work with you.” That mandates any abuse allegation immediately reported to law enforcement.