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Boy Scouts Maintain Honorable Stance in Wake of Allegations

Lauren Foliart |
September 18, 2012 | 8:33 a.m. PDT

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Boy Scouts Camping (National Library of Norway/Creative Commons)
Boy Scouts Camping (National Library of Norway/Creative Commons)
The Boy Scouts of America published an open letter to parents Monday evening in response to the Los Angeles Times investigation into the institution's track of repeated sex offenders.

The Times most recent findings show the organization "covered their tracks" in allowing volunteers and employees accused of sexual assault to leave quietly, citing false pretext.  A paper trail of abuse was found in several cases around the United States.

Chief Wayne Brock who penned the open letter on the BSA website wrote: "We are committed to consistently strengthening and enhancing our Youth Protection measures, and in recent decades, have expanded our programs significantly as more information and new techniques and technologies have become available to us."

After the Times printed the investigation's first wave of findings in early August, BSA responded in a similar fashion by releasing a historical timeline of institutionalized programs and efforts to protect their youth.  The organization's launch of the "ineligible volunteer" files, those roughly 1,600 files dating from 1970 to 1991 the Times is investigating, are included on the timeline.  

The investigation comes in the aftermath of scandals hitting the U.S., the most recent case being that of Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky who will face his sentencing after an October 9 hearing.



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