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An expert witness in a sexual abuse case against the Boy Scouts of America testified Wednesday that the group had better records on child abuse than any other youth organization.

The Portland case involves a scoutmaster who was convicted of molesting several boys.
The trial reached a crucial stage, as expert witness Gary Schoener, a psychologist, took the stand.  Schoener said he read through about half of the 1,200 secret files that the Boy Scouts kept on alleged abusers over a 20-year period.

“My main opinion is that it’s an extraordinary body of information very well put together in terms of detail. They’re checking eye color, hair color and other things to be sure of identity. Clearly they realized they had a problem. They created this system to try to deal with it,” he said.

Schoener testified on behalf of the plaintiff, who has been identified only as Jack Doe. The plaintiff testified earlier that scouts would sometimes spend the night at scoutmaster Timur Dykes’ apartment before camping trips.

Doe was allowed to sleep in Dykes’ bed, and says he was molested five times. Dykes was convicted of molesting boys in the 1980s. ??Schoener says by the 1980s, the Boy Scouts of America knew more about the prevalence of abuse than experts like himself.

Defense attorney for the Boy Scouts Paul Xochihua tried to block Schoener from testifying. He said Schoener was only speculating about what kind of abuse prevention training was normal in the 1980s.

“Mr. Schoener, do you have any knowledge as to what actual training was being offered in the state of Oregon that was available from 1980 to July 31 1984,” he said.

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  1. Roy Says:

    This is a non-sense article with very little value to folks that are concerned with Child Abuse. The Boy Scouts of America is a very wonderful organization that has a great framework for teaching leadership and values to young men that positively shape generations of Americans. The fact that Boy Scouts of America keeps great records of cases of abuse is proof of what i already knew having been a part of their organization for sometime, they really care about the safety and well being of the young men and have always put up great efforts to ensure abuse is prevented, and they are constantly looking for better ways to make sure it wont happen. Let’s face it, any institution that involves children whether it be sports, school, church, or various youth groups, will be infiltrated by predators. I applaud the boy scouts for taking great lengths internally to document cases they’ve found so they can learn from the tragic mishaps and do something positive to ensure the future safety of their young men. This article seems to be nothing more than a litigious attorney’s wet dream for spinning facts to look bad so they can win a law suit.

    Posted on March 28th, 2010 at 11:16 am

  2. Sandra Says:

    You are absolutely right—which is the reason the article was posted.
    I thank you for taking the time to respond. We try to post ALL aspects of
    child abuse–and all daily headlines concerning child abuse (even the most
    controversial ones….which this article seems to be).

    Thank you for your support!!

    Posted on April 9th, 2010 at 4:10 am

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