Recently released “perversion files” maintained by the Boy Scouts of America include the names of nine Oklahoma-based Scouting officials alleged to have engaged in child sexual abuse.
The Oklahoma cases occurred between 1964 and 1985 and took place across the state.
The Boy Scouts, under court order, last week released more than 14,500 pages of confidential files on cases of alleged sexual misconduct across the country dating from 1959 to 1985.
In a number of cases nationwide, the allegations were later substantiated. But the Portland, Ore., law firm that made the files available on its website stressed that in many cases, no such substantiation occurred. The law firm said it could not verify or attest to the truth of the allegations.
The Boy Scouts created the secret files as way to register Scout leaders accused of such misconduct.
The Scouts considered the files internal documents. Because of their confidential nature, Scout leaders did not always share the information with authorities.
In some instances, the Oklahoma files relate the efforts of local Scouting officials to notify superiors of criminal charges filed against local Scoutmasters and to have them banned from the organization.
But in other instances, Scout leaders apparently made no effort to notify law enforcement of alleged crimes.
In at least one case, a Sentinel Scoutmaster accused of sexually abusing a Scout on a campout in 1974 was confronted by the school principal and released from his job as a special-education teacher after he did not deny the conduct.
While Scout officials forwarded James Dhalluin Jr.'s name to higher-ups for inclusion on the “confidential list,” no indication is given that Dhalluin, then 36, was reported to law enforcement authorities.
In 1992, Dhalluin was convicted in Caddo County of making an indecent proposal to a child under 16, and he was placed on probation. In 1995, he was acquitted on a lewd molestation charge in Custer County.
In other cases, and in a manner that shadowed cases across the nation, the Oklahoma files also showed evidence of local authorities seeking to shield the Boy Scouts from negative publicity.
In a 1974 case from Lawton, a local Scout executive sought to have a Scout leader included in the confidential files after he was charged with lewd molestation involving a 12-year-old boy.
The executive said he'd met with local media officials and that the matter was “being handled discreetly.”
The suspect, who was “considered one of the foremost Scoutmasters” in the Lawton area was later acquitted of the charges.
In a 1979 case in Eufaula, a Scout leader was accused of sexually abusing several boys. He later admitted to some of the abuse. A father sought criminal charges against the leader, but the prosecutor deferred pending a mental evaluation, according to the files. There's no indication in the file that a criminal case was ever pursued.
Boy Scout officials acknowledge that law enforcement was not involved in about a third of the cases nationwide.
The organization is now reviewing those cases to determine whether reason still exists to alert law enforcement.