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January 08, 2013

Boy Scouts Loses Bid to Block Release of More Abuse Files

The California Supreme Court has ruled that the Boy Scouts of America must hand over two decades' worth of internal documents detailing child-abuse allegations to attorneys in a molestation case, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The decision Thursday upholds lower-court rulings and clears the way for release of the so-called "perversion" files compiled by the youth charity since 1991. Last year Oregon courts ordered the Scouts to release files on sex-abuse allegations from 1965 to 1985.

The California ruling involves the case of then-13-year-old boy allegedly molested by a Scouts volunteer in 2007. The suit contends the files will expose a "culture of hidden sexual abuse" and the group's failure to warn Scouts and parents about abusive troop leaders.

National Scouts spokesman Deron Smith said the organization will comply with the order "but maintains that the files are not relevant to this suit and denies the claims raised in the suit."