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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