SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Attorneys representing three former Boy Scouts are suing the Boy Scouts of America and its Portland-area chapter for $21 million, saying they let a known pedophile become a scout leader.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court is the latest in more than 100 filed against the scouting organization, according to attorney Peter Janci.
The suit alleges the Boy Scouts allowed Calvin Malone back into the organization after he had been caught abusing at least one scout in California in 1970. The suit says that despite this knowledge, the organization hired Malone to be a scout leader in Portland in 1974.
The three scouts, who were then aged 10 to 13, were allegedly sexually assaulted by Malone in 1974 and 1975.
Malone was convicted of rape and child molestation in 1993 and is being held in a special detention facility for sex offenders in Washington state.