“In early January, 46-year-old Douglas Young entered a plea of no contest to the sexual abuse and exploitation of ten young boys.
“In addition to severe sexual abuse, he used these children to produce child pornography,” Attorney Stephen Crew with Crew Janci Attorneys said.
The whistleblower in this case, a 12-year-old boy scout.
Young was the boy’s scoutmaster. They met at a church in Lebanon.
“The case is serious, very concerning, and it shows a disturbing pattern,” Crew said.
Lawyers for the boy allege the Cascade Pacific Council continued to allow Young to serve as a scoutmaster, despite being investigated by police, and Young openly writing about the investigation in a blog post in 2010.
“It raises the question, ‘why did it take a child speaking up to put an end to this? Where were the adults? Where were the adults in scouting?’” Attorney Peter Janci with Crew Janci Attorneys said.
“There is a pattern there were a series of red flags and things that adults should have noticed,” Crew said.
Crew and Janci also say the organization even clearly ignored their own rules when it came to Young.
“This scoutmaster was allowed to be alone with our client on multiple occasions and as a result our client was sexually abused,” Crew said.
The Boy Scouts of America Cascade Pacific Council CEO Matthew DeVore said in a statement:
“This individual’s behavior is abhorrent and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Nothing is more important than the safety of our youth members. When we first learned of allegations against this individual on March 2, 2017, we took immediate action to remove him and prohibit him from any future participation in the Scouting program.
“The BSA is outraged there have been times when Scouts were abused and we sincerely apologize to victims and their families. We seek to prevent child abuse through comprehensive policies and procedures to serve as barriers to abuse. These include a thorough screening process for adult leaders and staff, criminal background checks, requiring two or more adult leaders be present with youth at all times during Scouting activities, and the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse.
“The BSA also offers assistance with counseling to any Scout, former Scout, or the family member of any Scout who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting. The BSA has a toll-free helpline (855-295-1531) and email contact address (firstname.lastname@example.org) for these sensitive matters.”
According to the boy’s lawyers, had someone noticed ahead of time:
“Our client would have never joined the boy scouts and more importantly, number two he would have never been sexually abused. Which he will never forget as long as he lives,” Crew said.
Young is serving a 23-year sentence. The lawsuit is asking the Boy Scout organization for damages but the victim also hopes it brings about change to prevent this from ever happening again.”