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Boy Scouts Sex Offender List Includes Attleboro Name

A Seattle attorney says a man associated with the Boy Scouts in South Attleboro was investigated for child molestation in 1991.

No Attleboro or Seekonk name appears in the so-called Perversion Files that include suspected, and in some cases convicted, child molesters associated with the Boy Scouts of America from 1965 to 1985. The files secretly maintained by the nation's most popular youth organization were released to the public Thursday following a June order from the Oregon Supreme Court.

However, an Attleboro name is included on a separate list made public earlier this month by Seattle attorney Timothy Kosnoff. This list includes nearly 2,000 scout volunteers who, Kosnoff wrote on his website, were "expelled for alleged inappropriate sexual conduct with children." According to Kosnoff's website, a man was "investigated for child molestation" in 1991 and his registration with the scouts was suspended. Each name on the list includes a city tag. The city tag for this name is "SouthAttleboro."

Attleboro-Seekonk Patch has chosen not to reveal the person's name since we cannot verify he was ever charged, convicted or even investigated by the police for child molestation.

Kosnoff states on his website that he has represented clients in more than 100 sex abuse cases against the Boy Scouts. His list, which covers allegations from 1971 to 1991, was compiled through documents "over many years and from a variety of sources, including court cases and those who had access to the [Boy Scouts] database," according to his website.

Information from Kosnoff has been included in the Los Angeles Times' database of approximately 5,000 adults who were kicked out of the Boy Scouts from 1947 to 2005 because of child sex abuse allegations.

Attempts to contact the Attleboro-associated man on Kosnoff's list were not successful. Mark Nelson, scout executive for the Annawon Council, which administers scout troops in the area including those in Attleboro, declined comment for this story. He referred Patch to the national office. Messages left with the national office were not returned.

Chris October 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM
As parents we have to be our children's advocates. We need to volunteer our time to be with our kids and not have someone else be responsible for them. Sad to say, but this is one of the reason my son was never allowed to participate in the boy scouts program. This was something that was in the back of our minds. May those who were affected by this creep find inner peace and to the person who did this to the kids I hope you rot.
Chrys Swenson October 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM
I find it ridiculous in Maine they will release the names of consenting adults "allegedly" paying for sex but we in Massachusetts will not release the names of people in our local area that "allegedly" abused or had some kind of inappropriate contact with non-consenting minor children.
Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol County October 20, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Right here in Bristol County, the Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol County (www.cacofbc.org) know all too well the staggering statistics pertaining to child sexual abuse. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be the victim before age 18. 90% of the times, the abuser is known, loved and trusted by the victim. Our agency provides a multi-disciplinary team concept helping children disclose of their victimization. Pediatric sexual assault examinations are also available to children. Last year, we saw 441 child victims of sexual abuse come to our center--a 30% increase over last year. If you believe that there's NO excuse for child abuse, please LIKE our Facebook page.
Steve Hopkins October 20, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Where is link to your Facebook page?? Not on your website either! Atleast I did not spot it.
Steve Hopkins October 20, 2012 at 03:01 PM
As a scout in Seekonk I had never encountered, fortunately, any abuse situations.I strted as a cub scout then through several years as a By Scout, reaching rank of Eagle. I spent a few summers at Camp Yawgoo as a staff member, following several years attending with Troop 3 from Seekonk. Again I was fortunate to have encountered sexual abuse in Scouting.
Gretchen Robinson October 21, 2012 at 12:16 AM
thank you for your excellent work. There is NO excuse for abusing a child.
Richard W. Lunt October 21, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Gretchen, For once I agree with you. There is no excuse for Child abuse. The individuals who committ these type of crimes should be put away for life, with no parole period. At least that's the way I feel.
Gretchen Robinson October 22, 2012 at 01:47 AM
amen for that! Child abuse, in all forms, is wounding to the child. She/he stops maturing at that point. It's been described as 'soul murder,' that is a 'killing' of the spirit/Spirit within. To target a child and destroy their child's innocence. Truly Vile.
Gretchen Robinson October 22, 2012 at 02:50 AM
there's an excellent Big Read program on preventing/responding to with child sexual abuse at the Attleboro Library, Oct. 25th. "Darkness to Light" training. Thursday, 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Imagine if the whole community or a larger group of us knew about child sexual abuse, how much that would help prevent harm to children at risk. I'd like to see some of you men there. Even if you took the morning off to do it.
Gretchen Robinson October 22, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Darkness to Light Training Sponsored by Attleboro YMCA and New Hope. to register, email: aplprograms@sailsinc.org (put "Darkness" on subject line) or call 508-222-0157
Debra January 24, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Why has the list not come forward from 10/12/2012? I have a suspect and see if he has been even been reported. He had a stepson and daughter, in the house, and he was a troop Leader. There were many strange activities. Also, he has many aliases,birthdates, spouses, which he immediately stopped family contact. To top all this off, he was a social worker as a career for Department of Children and Families, in several locations in at least two states. Please respond to my email debra60251@aol.com. Please have someone let me know if I am reading too much in this personal situation.

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