UNDATED (WTVB) - Secret "perversion files” are something you would expect to be kept by the CIA, or the Mob, maybe the police department, but not by The Boy Scouts of America. The organization claims it kept records of Boy Scout leaders who preyed on children, so that once they were purged from the group, and their cases covered up, that they wouldn’t be able to re-join in other cities. The cover-ups were reportedly aided by police and pastors. They document the crimes of 5,000 Boy Scout leaders and were recently used by one victim to secure a 20-million dollar judgment. The president of the Boy Scouts, Wayne Perry is offering an apology. Tom Stewart, who is now 46, charges that he was among the abused scouts back when he was an adolescent.
Kelly Clark is an attorney representing some of the scouts. He says these are not the secrets you keep. The files include 55-michigan cases, 20 in West Michigan, four in Kalamazoo, and files on individual Scout leaders in South Haven, Gobles, Union City, Lawton, Mendon, Marshall and Battle Creek, all between 1961 and 1985. More recent files were not released and neither were victim names.