PORTLAND, Ore. — Two men who accuse a Boy Scout troop leader of sexually abusing them when they were boys have filed separate lawsuits in Oregon against the Boy Scouts of America totaling $18 million.
In the lawsuits the men accuse Scoutmaster Clyde Brock, who died in 2001 at age 86, of sexually abusing them as boys between 1965 and 1968. The lawsuits say the men lived in Oregon City as children and were born in the 1950s.
In the lawsuits, the two men accuse Brock of taking nude photographs of them after swimming and sleeping with the boys in the same sleeping bag on camping trips and during sleepovers at his house. The men also allege Brock fondled them and engaged in oral sex.
The lawsuits allege that the Boy Scouts did not do enough to protect the boys. The organization failed to take appropriate action against Brock when it found out about his behavior and failed to notify police, according to the lawsuit.
Files, known as "perversion files," where released by the Boy Scouts in 2012, and included a file on Brock.
"The behavior from more than five decades ago included in these allegations runs counter to everything for which the BSA stands," said Scout Executive Matt Devore in a statement to KATU.
He said the organization has worked to "develop and enhance our efforts to protect youth" since the incidents.
He also said the organization could not discuss the lawsuits.
Full statement from Devore:
Nothing is more important than the safety of our youth members and we are profoundly saddened when anyone uses their position to harm children. The Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America, extends its deepest sympathies to any person who has been hurt by child sexual abuse. While we cannot discuss ongoing litigation, any instance of child victimization or abuse is intolerable and unacceptable.
The behavior from more than five decades ago included in these allegations runs counter to everything for which the BSA stands. Recognizing youth protection requires sustained vigilance, in the years since these incidents took place we have continued to develop and enhance our efforts to protect youth, regularly consulting with experts from law enforcement, child safety, psychology, and other disciplines to ensure its efforts consistently evolve along with the ever-changing awareness of the dangers and challenges facing youth.
Today, the BSA seeks to prevent child abuse through a comprehensive program of education on the subject, the chartered organization leader selection process, criminal background and other checks, policies and procedures to serve as barriers to abuse and the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse.