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Boy Scouts settle 2007 sex abuse case

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Former volunteer Boy Scout leader Al Stein was accused of molesting three boys in 2007 and pleaded no contest to child endangerment charges. He is now registered as a sex offender in Salinas. (California Department of Justice)

Former volunteer Boy Scout leader Al Stein was accused of molesting three boys in 2007 and pleaded no contest to child endangerment charges. He is now registered as a sex offender in Salinas. (California Department of Justice)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Boy Scouts of America announced Thursday that it had settled a lawsuit brought by the family of a Santa Barbara County man who was molested by a volunteer Scout leader in 2007.

The family of the victim, now 20, had sued the Boy Scouts, alleging the organization was negligent in its handling of the matter, Los Angeles Times reported. A judge had ruled that the plaintiffs could use the Scouts’ secret “perversion files” as evidence in trial, a ruling that opened the door for possible public release of the files,which outline years of molestation claims and incidents.

“We regret there have been times when the BSA’s best efforts to protect children were insufficient, and for that we extend our deepest apologies to victims and their families,” officials with the Boy Scouts said in a statement Thursday.

The lawsuit stemmed from a 2007 incident involving volunteer Scout leader Al Steven Stein, then 29, who was charged with abusing the 13-year-old Scout and two other boys.  Read more at Los Angeles Times.

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