SAN DIEGO – The Boy Scouts of America is facing yet another major lawsuit alleging child sex abuse, and it is a case claiming that there are multiple victims who were Scouts with the San Diego Imperial Council.
The civil lawsuit has been filed in San Diego Superior Court against the Boy Scouts, the alleged abuser, and the Mataguay Scout Ranch near Santa Ysabel, due east of Lake Henshaw along California 79 on the road to Borrego Springs.
Mataguay Scout Ranch is operated by the San Diego-Imperial Council.
Attorney John Manly of Manly & Stewart, which filed the lawsuit along with The Senators Firm LLP, has called a news conference to discuss the lawsuit at 11 am Wednesday, Jan. 16, at San Diego Superior Court at 220 W. Broadway, downtown.
A news release states that:
“The attorney will demand that Boy Scouts release all names of persons credibly accused of abusing a child. In addition to gaining justice for the victim, this case will be used to force the Boy Scouts to disclose the list called the ‘perversion files’ by Scout officials. This secret list contains the names of men expelled from scouting for alleged abuse.”
The lawsuit alleges that Glenn Jordan, a camp counselor and employee of Mataguay Scout Ranch, sexually abused a Boy Scout in a hot tub at the ranch and at other locations. The victim was 14 and 15 at the time of the incidents, according to the lawsuit.
The suit contends that Jordan was not properly supervised.
The news release did not specify the years the alleged abuse took place, but suggested that it took place before 2008, the year that the Scouts began requiring criminal background checks on all its volunteers. The news release stated:
“The case will be used to force the Boy Scouts to disclose a known list maintained by the Boy Scouts but kept private of every person known to be credibly accused of abusing a child. Even today, the Scouts are keeping this ‘perversion file’ secret.”
In responding to a request from San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, a publicist for the law firms said that the alleged sexual "abuse occurred through 2000, and there are multiple victims."
Los Angeles Times has been extensively covering such issues in a series called the “Perversion Files” and Tracking decades of allegations in the Boy Scouts.