Report: Boy Scouts of America shielded and protected child molesters

BSA headquarters

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The Boy Scouts' national headquarters is in Irving.

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Posted on September 17, 2012 at 8:47 AM

According to an investigative report published in Sunday's Los Angeles Times, the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America shielded and protected child molesters who were volunteers and employees.

The Times said it based its report on a review of 1,600 confidential files between the years 1970 and 1991.

When asked for comment by News 8, BSA spokesman Deron Smith did not challenge the accuracy of the Times story, but noted that "Recent media reports looked at a subset of the BSA's Ineligible Volunteer Files from approximately 40 years ago, when the BSA served approximately 5 million young people each year."

Smith said the Scouts have amended policies to reduce the danger to young people. "We have always cooperated fully [with] law enforcement, and now require our members to report even suspicion of abuse directly to local law enforcement," he said in a written statement.

"We regret there have been times when despite the BSA’s best efforts to protect children, Scouts were abused, and for that we are very sorry and extend our deepest sympathies to victims," Smith added.

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