LOS ANGELES (AP) – A judge overseeing a lawsuit brought by the family of a California boy molested by his troop leader has ordered the Boy Scouts of America to hand over confidential files detailing allegations of sexual abuse by Scout leaders around the nation.
The Los Angeles Times reports the judge said last month the Irving, Texas-based organization must turn over the most recent 20 years’ worth of records by Feb. 24.
Known as “ineligible volunteer files,” the documents are intended to keep those accused of misconduct out of Scouting.
Officials dispute that the files have been used to conceal abuse.
The trial is scheduled for April, nearly five years after the boy, then 13, was molested by volunteer troop leader Al Stein in Santa Barbara County. Stein pleaded no contest in 2009 and is in prison.
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