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Scouts files allege molestation in Palo Alto camp

Original post made on Oct 19, 2012

A former director at a Boy Scouts camp based in Palo Alto is among the thousands of people accused of sexually molesting scouts over the past four decades, according to a trove of documents that Boy Scouts of America released under court orders this week.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 19, 2012, 4:20 PM

Comments (10)

Posted by resident, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Does this man still live in Palo Alto? What other children's groups has he been involved in since these assaults were covered up over 40 years ago?

Posted by Art, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm

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Posted by Art, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

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Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

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Posted by village fool, a resident of another community
on Oct 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Actually quite a few pedophiles were heterosexual married man. Which teach us nothing about the "general" married man. Same as the "general" homosexual. I find hard to believe that some posting above are real. I'm hoping I'm wrong
Just a reminder (link below) that heterosexual married man chose a very local hunting field. Victim claimed that other adults, district employees in the school knew, were quiet and did nothing. I believe, unfortunately.

Web Link

Posted by some guy, a resident of another community
on Oct 19, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I was in a cub scout troop briefly when I was a fourth grader in Palo Alto in the late 50's. My troop was me and two brothers who lived down the street. Their mother was the den mother. I eventually learned that this was the mother's first attempt to get me hooked up with her elder son, who had a homosexual crush on me. Strange but totally true.

Posted by Art, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

One tactic that the deniers/abusers use is to call their critics words "hate speech". Then there are the puerile attacks like " has unexpressed yearnings". Goes with the territory.

Posted by Phil@PaloAlto, a resident of Community Center
on Oct 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Phil@PaloAlto is a registered user.

This story headline is preposterously misleading. A "Palo Alto Camp?".... Wrong. It It seems as if the writer was trying to be sensationalist. And the alleged abuses took place in 1971, while the headline implies present day or recent past. Don't diminish any abuse that took place, but let's not mislead.

"Newly Revealed Files Allege 1971 Abuse of Palo Alto Scouts" would have been a more suitable headline, and I've never taken a journalism class.

Posted by village fool, a resident of another community
on Oct 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm

village fool is a registered user.

This thread became available for those who are logged in. This proved to cut the number of responses. So many comments disappeared, some rightfully so, I think. Posting of the one asking to clean this thread, delete anti gay statements are gone - maybe because of the name chosen? I hoped to see parts of those here, part of this dialog. My response, trying to express my hopes that young gays will not be offended, and learn to recognize racism, discrimination - also gone.
Part of me wanted to see what is going on? Although these are only few, it is important to know, I believe. Racism, discrimination presented themselves in the past, surprising those who were exposed only to very clean publications, believing and trusting the local authorities to do "their job", believing that nothing can be wrong.

Posted by Crescent Park Mom, a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Crescent Park Mom is a registered user.

Even though they weren't sure he was guilty, good for the Palo Alto Boy Scouts for getting this guy away from the kids as soon as they discovered there may be a problem. 40 years ago, organizations didn't move that quickly on these things. The processes weren't really in place.

Scouts today require multiple adults be present at meetings and events and they require background checks, finger-printing, and training to become a scout leader or to work with kids. This makes the chances of anything like this happening now very unlikely. Scout safety is a #1 priority and they now have good tools and processes in place to keep these things from happening.

Also, for anyone following Project Safety Net/Project Cornerstone, you know that both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts incorporate more than 30 of the 41 recommended Developmental Assets for Youth into their programming helping build the positive relationships, opportunities, values and skills that they need to grow up caring, healthy and responsible. This is significant for our youth! Not many youth organizations can say they are that aligned with PAUSD's goals and objectives.

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