Two Portland men file $14 mil. sex abuse lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America
PORTLAND, Ore. – A new sexual abuse lawsuit was filed in Portland Wednesday against the Boy Scouts of America, alleging that a former scout leader abused two of his scouts.
The two men filing the suit were both members of a troop based out of Milwaukie in the 1970s. They accuse then Scoutmaster Robert Charles Philpott of sexually abusing them.
Back in 1996, Philpott was convicted of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy.
The lawsuit is claiming negligence and fraud against the national Boy Scouts of America, as well as the local branch – the Cascade Pacific Council.
“From at least 1935, Defendants knew that Scout Leader positions were being used by predatory child molesters to victimize children, and that Defendants had an institution-wide or systemic child sexual abuse problem,” the lawsuit alleges.
The lawsuit claims that Philpott used his position of power and trust as a Scoutmaster in “grooming” the boys and directed them to perform sexual acts.
Both men are seeking $7 million in damages in the suit.