Abused Boy Scout Wants To Sue National Organization
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Case: John Roe No. 1 v. Boy Scouts of America, Corp. et al.
Court: Appellate Court
Date: Thursday, Oct. 17
Time: 2 p.m.
Attorneys: Frank C. Bartlett Jr.; Philip T. Newbury Jr.
Summary:A former Boy Scout, who was the victim of sexual abuse by his Scoutmaster stepfather, is appealing a trial judge's decision to dismiss his lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America. The trial judge ruled that the national organization did not know about the Scoutmaster's misconduct until the man was arrested.
Background: The plaintiff, who goes by the pseudonym John Roe No.1 in court records, is now 22 years old. He never knew his biological father. When he was 8 years old, his mother married James W. Harris III.
Shortly thereafter, the boy became involved in Boy Scouts, specifically Cub Scout Pack 96 in Ellington. Harris, meanwhile, served as assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 27 in Manchester.
Roe was too young to be a member of Troop 27 but Harris brought the boy with him on their troop's camping trip to Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in the Adirondacks in upstate New York.