They published a detailed list of 416 cases from 1971–1990 where a US Scout leader was arrested or banned from Scouting for sexual abuse of Scouts, adding that experts said the real number of abusers and victims was probably several times higher.The newspaper articles later formed the basis for a book by the main journalist involved, Patrick Boyle: Scout's Honor: Sexual Abuse in America's Most Trusted Institution.Kenneth Lannings, the FBI agent who helped develop the BSA's Youth Protection Plan, wrote that "A skilled pedophile who can get children into a situation where they must change clothing or stay with him overnight will almost always succeed in seducing them." BSA adopted the following policies to provide additional barriers to child abuse within scouting.These policies are primarily for the protection of its youth members; however, they also serve to protect its adult leaders from false accusations of abuse.All of a sudden, it's gotten blown out of the water and the public knows that the Scouts have had this problem, too -- just like the Catholic Church." The trial provided a rare opportunity for an American jury to view confidential files held by BSA, although BSA had fought to keep the files secret.They showed BSA knowledge of abuse dated back to the 1920s.
where a BSA leader pleaded guilty to "serious morals" violations involving Scouts.
The actual payment total, said the Washington Times in 1991, is probably far higher because the Scouts sometimes agree to pay damages only if the payments are kept secret.
Keeping damage awards confidential is commonly required by insurers.
The files, which were released for the period 1965 through 1985, detailed the sexual abuse of scouts by their adult leaders.
On October 19, 2012, the Boy Scouts of America were forced by court order to release over 20,000 pages of documentation on 1200 alleged child sexual abuse cases within the organization, covering the time period from 1965 to 1985.