The Catholic Church has been plagued by recent sex abuse scandals, but now the boy scouts of America are in the spotlight for the perverted acts carried out by some of its troop leaders and volunteers. An Oregon court has ordered the organisation pay a record near 14 million euros in damages. Most abuse cases involving the scouts have ended in private settlements and it is not known how much the group has already had to shell out.
The case centred around former assistant scout master Timur Dykes, a notorious convicted paedopile. For the victim Kerry Lewis, who brought the case, relief that he can finally start to move on from his ordeal.
‘‘I don’t know if this is closure – I have a long road ahead of me, but it’s a huge jumping point and a start for me,’‘ Lewis said.
Last week, the same jury awarded Kerry Lewis, now 38, more than a million euros in compensation.
The Oregon case used evidence, often referred to as the ‘perversion files.’ Those detailed many instances across the US where predator scout leaders were allowed to continue working with children despite repeated complaints.