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March 16, 2016

Court Says Scouts Not Liable for Troop Leader's Alleged Abuse

The Missouri Supreme Court held Tuesday that the Boy Scouts of America cannot be held legally responsible for alleged child sexual abuse by a troop leader, the Associated Press and The Kansas City Star report.

The case involves a now-35-year-old man who says he was abused by a Kansas City scoutmaster from 1992 to 1997 and contended that negligence by the national youth organization and a local chapter were partly to blame. The judges sided unanimously with the Boy Scouts, ruling that Missouri law only allows for suits against alleged perpetrators. "A corporation or association cannot itself commit the criminal acts that constitute childhood sexual abuse," the court said.