Boy Scout abuse files available on Internet

I read with interest the recent coverage of the scandal rocking the Boy Scouts of America and the "Perversion Files" it kept about the sex offenders who have worked for the Scouts over the years.

I have lived in several states over the years and was wondering where I could see these files in an easy-to-read manner?

— Gary C., Central Point

Most of the original stories detailing the alleged abuse and cover-up allegations linked to the Scouts provided a link to the files, Gary.

However, we found that some of the websites were somewhat confusing to navigate and others had only incomplete information.

We'd suggest visiting the website maintained by Seattle attorney Tim Kosnoff, who works at the law firm that represented some of the alleged victims in the scandal.

The files are available to view at (website has been corrected). The files are searchable by state, town and name.

The documents were released last week by order of the Oregon Supreme Court after the Boy Scouts lost a 2010 civil suit. The documents were shown during the trial, and the Supreme Court ruled they should be made public.

The files detailed abuse allegations between 1971 and 1991 and included the names of nearly 1,200 suspects.

There were five Jackson County Boy Scout volunteers named in the report.

The cases occurred in the 1970s and 1980s and included men from Medford, Cave Junction, Ashland and Eagle Point. According to the documents, the men were reported to law enforcement and were not allowed to have further contact with the Scouting organization.

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