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Boy Scouts misconduct files contain several Oklahoma cases

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 1959-85. The files include the names of nine Oklahoma-based Scouting officials alleged to have engaged in child sexual abuse
by Nolan Clay and Phillip O'Connor Published: October 23, 2012
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/articleid/3721429/1/pictures/1864211">Photo - In this Tuesday, Oct., 16, 2012 photo, Portland attorney Kelly Clark examines some of the 14,500 pages of previously confidential documents created by the Boy Scouts of America concerning child sexual abuse within the organization, in preparation for releasing the documents Thursday, Oct. 18, in his office in Portland, Ore. The Boy Scouts of America fought to keep those files confidential. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)
In this Tuesday, Oct., 16, 2012 photo, Portland attorney Kelly Clark examines some of the 14,500 pages of previously confidential documents created by the Boy Scouts of America concerning child sexual abuse within the organization, in preparation for releasing the documents Thursday, Oct. 18, in his office in Portland, Ore. The Boy Scouts of America fought to keep those files confidential. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

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.

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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by Phillip O'Connor
Enterprise Editor
O'Connor joined the Oklahoman staff in June, 2012 after working at The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a combined 28 years. O'Connor, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has written frequently...
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