Two complaints of alleged child sexual abuse at the hands of Boy Scout leaders were allegedly reported in Woodstock.
That's according to allegations of child sexual abuse that have been made against 97 Georgia men who were in leadership roles from the '60s through mid-80s. They make up a small portion of the total number of men -- over a thousand -- recently outed by documents released Thursday by the Boy Scouts of America.
The number of boys molested by these men is over 4,000. Two cases, one brought to light in 1986 and another in 1993, were discovered in Woodstock.
A total of 44 Scout leaders from the metro-Atlanta area were named, including men from Stone Mountain, Lithonia, Conyers, Smyrna, Decatur and Marietta.
Cherokee County District 2 Commissioner Jim Hubbard of Hickory Flat, a member of the Scouts who represents parts of Woodstock, said he's sad to hear the news of the perversion files, but added it's high time the Scouts deal with the problem.
"I think the Boy Scouts are doing what they need to do to protect the kids," he said. "It's not been emphasized in the past."
Hubbard, who was awarded the Eagle Scout badge in 1959, said he hopes the victims in each of the cases will get the necessary counseling needed to deal with the alleged abuse they suffered at the hands of Scout leaders.
These men were not reported to authorities, but kept in a file to prevent them from volunteering with the organization again. Some, however, continued in the roles.
The files are known as the "ineligible volunteer" files. After one Pennsylvania man admitted to "acts of perversion" with scouts, he resigned. An executive with the organization wrote the following, as first reported on NBCNews.com:
“If it is acceptable with you, I would like to let this case drop. [He] is undergoing professional treatment in an effort to stabilize his emotional stability. He recognizes that he has had a problem and he is personally taking steps to resolve this situation. The community involved is rather unique and one father has threatened legal action which could only injure the Boy Scouts of America.
Therefore, I would suggest that we let it drop. My personal opinion in this particular case is, ‘if it don't stink, don't stir it.’"
The man was later re-admitted as a leader within the Boy Scouts organization.