Boy Scout "Perversion Files" reveal alleged sexual abuse in our area

Confidential files that have been released have revealed the Boy Scouts of America hid allegations of sexual abuse on the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.

On Thursday, a Los Angeles Times article showed how the organization received reports of the sexual molestation of boys, but never reported to law enforcement.

An Oregon Supreme Court ruling allowed what's now being called the "Perversion Files" to be released to the public.

Some files contain specific details of men who threatened scouts and their families if they talked to police about the alleged abuse.

More than 14,000 pages of documents in the "Perversion Files" showed most of the accused molesters were troop leaders and volunteers with the Boy Scouts.

In some cases, the suspected child molester was appointed to another troop where then another claim of abuse was made by another child.

The report is laid out on a spreadsheet that lists the year, city, and troop number the case fell under.

The 41 documented accounts of suspected abuse in South Carolina range from 1964 to 2002.

There were six reports in our area:

Hartsville - 1964 - Troop 512

Hartsville - 1967 - Troop 518

Florence - 1990 - Troop 408

Myrtle Beach - 1992 - Troop 861

Lumberton, NC - 1995 - Troop 313

Olanta - 2001 - Troop 479

None of the suspected abusers in our area were listed by name, but instead by a number.

Some of the documented reports, although none in our area, give a detailed description of the cases and how they were handled.

Thursday, the group's president said the organization admits some wrongdoing.

"There's no question that there are times in the past, and these go back to 40-50 years old, where we did not do the job that we should have," said National President of the Boy Scouts of America Wayne Perry. "For that, and for people hurt, we are profoundly sorry."

The organization also said it now has stricter policies and procedures with background checks and training programs and also mandates the reporting of suspected abuse.

To see the reports, click here. LA Times: Boy Scout Cases