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January 17, 2013

Judge Orders Scouts to Release Abuse Files Dating to 1991

A California judge formally ordered the Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday to turn over so-called perversion files dating back to 1991 to lawyers in a civil child-abuse suit, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The decision came eight days after the state's Supreme Court rejected the Scouts' petition to block release of internal documents detailing alleged sexual abuse within the youth organization's ranks. Superior Court Judge Donna Geck initially ordered the files to be released early last year, prompting a series of appeals.

The files will be made public only if they are admitted as trial evidence in the case of a man who is suing the Scouts over his alleged molestation by a volunteer troop leader in 2007, when the victim was 13. The charity's abuse files from 1965 to 1985 were released last year under an Oregon court ruling.