In their view ...


Duty. Honor. Country.

Those values were forgotten by Boy Scout leaders in Wapakoneta, Kalida and Bellefontaine.

They also were ignored by a judge and police chief.

The Lima News has learned that the Boy Scouts, a judge and a police chief in Wapakoneta thought it was better to keep quiet about the information regarding a child molestation rather than prosecute the case in the 1970s. Apparently, they were more worried about protecting the good name of the Boy Scouts rather than letting parents of Scouts know their children may have been endangered.

The case slaps you with the markings of a Joe Paterno, Penn State and Jerry Sandusky fiasco. Only this one happened in our backyard.

It's also a classic example of the importance of open record laws.

The revelations became public after sources raised the interest of The Los Angeles Times. The newspaper found that for more than two decades, the Boy Scouts failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from parents and the public. The information was kept in confidential files, aptly named "perversion files," which the Scouts would use to warn other troops about the problems. The Times reviewed 1,600 of those files, dating from 1970 to 1991. A lawsuit filed later resulted in 1,200 more instances becoming public last week, which allowed The Lima News to research the information for local occurrences...

Limited information was available for a 1988 case in Kalida and one in 2002 in Bellefontaine. However, the Wapakoneta case provided an exchange of letters that showed court and police officials had no intention of sharing information back in the 1970s...

So much for doing one's duty at all times and being loyal to the truth.

The Lima News

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