Alamo Area Council responds to Boy Scouts scandal

On-line letter explains youth protection guidelines

SAN ANTONIO - The Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America issued public statements and letters on-line to parents in the wake the so-called perversion files kept of sexual abuse cases reported to the group from 1965 to 1985.

Michael de los Santos, the council’s executive director, said it is committed “to stringent youth protection guidelines under the leadership of the national organization.”

In his apology, Wayne Perry, the Boy Scouts national president, said, “Our response to these incidents and our efforts to protect youth were plainly insufficient, inappropriate and wrong.”

Its letter to parents said that the group is continuing to strengthen its Youth Protection measures, such as a rigorous screening and application process for volunteers, required training and requiring two adults be present for all scouting activities.

However, attorney Pat Maloney said many of those policies were the result of litigation against the Boy Scouts of America.

Maloney now is suing on behalf of a young man victimized as a 12-year-old boy by James Hiatt, a local scout leader at the time, who was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to 60 years.

For the lawsuit, Maloney said he has joined Paul Mones, the Oregon attorney who successfully obtained the first 20 years of  just released records that were kept from the public, and many times, from law enforcement.  

Maloney said that 166th District Court Judge Martha Tanner has ordered that additional records from 1985 to 2011 be released by Nov. 30.

“There’s legal footing to now release all of the information,” Maloney said.

However, Maloney said it may take months, even years of appeals.

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