In lawsuit, former Boy Scout accuses two former South Florida-area scout leaders of sexual abuse

 

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A former boy scout has filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts.

The former scout, a Miami-Dade resident who asked to remain anonymous, and his attorney spoke to reporters Tuesday outside the headquarters of the South Florida Council in Miami Lakes.

The accuser said he joined the scouts when he was 9 in early 1983 and claimed that at least two leaders abused him. He said the two would discuss which scouts were easiest to take advantage of.

Though the complaint lists only two names, the accuser referred to three men.

“I was sodomized, raped and abused by three monsters that were at the Boy Scouts,” he said at the news conference, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

The lawsuit claims that the scout leaders’ names appeared in secret files from the 1980s. Those files, which were released to the public last October, are called “ineligible volunteer files” or “perversion files,” according to the lawsuit, filed by Miami attorney Jeff Herman.

The files include individuals alleged to have sexually molested or sexually abused scouts.

Herman, who has been nationally recognized for taking cases of survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, is seeking financial damages from the Boy Scouts for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

In November 2011, Herman won a $100 million verdict on behalf of a client who was sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Miami.

The Boy Scouts did not return calls for a comment from Miami Herald news partner WLRN but released a statement calling sexual abuse of children “intolerable and unacceptable.”

“While we can’t comment on the lawsuit, we deeply regret that there have been times when Scouts were abused, and for that we are very sorry and extend our deepest sympathies to victims,” read part of the statement.

Miami Herald news partners WLRN and CBS4 contributed to this report.

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