Boy Scouts of America must pay sexual abuse damages

A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury found this morning that the Boy Scouts were negligent and awarded non-economic damages of $1.4 million to a man who was sexually abused as a Scout in the 1980s.

Punitive damages will be determined in a second phase of the trial.

Nine out of the 12 jurors found Boy Scouts of America and its local body, the Portland-based Cascade Pacific Council, negligent in the lawsuit brought by plaintiff Kerry Lewis, who is now 38…

The jury found that the Boy Scouts of America was liable for 60 percent of the negligence and the Cascade Pacific Council was responsible for 15 percent. Together they will have to pay Lewis $1.05 million.

The jury determined that the remaining 25 percent — $350,000 — is the responsibility of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which had coordinated Lewis’ Scout program in Southeast Portland. But the church will not have to pay its share of the $1.4 million verdict because it settled with Lewis last year for an undisclosed amount…

Overdue.

We covered this at the start of the trial. The molesting – apparently – went on for years.

The pedophile responsible has admitted to molesting seventeen boys.

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