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Two Woodstock Cases Among Boy Scout 'Perversion Files'

Woodstock is among several metro Atlanta cities named in the report.

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.

Kathleen A. October 19, 2012 at 08:43 PM
This is absolutely deplorable!! And to allow it to continue for so long while more and more young boys suffered needlessly all in the name of "keeping it quiet".
Ann Orr October 20, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Since my grandson just joined the cub scouts, i hope the "executive" who made that statement either goes to jail or burns in hell!!!
Roy Bryant October 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM
My Grandson also just joined the Cub Scouts. I also feel the exucetive who made the statement should go to jail and also burn in hell. The Boy Scouts of America should also be held libel for these terrible acts just as the Catholic church is being held lible for thr terrible acts of it's priests.
People are Crazy October 20, 2012 at 02:40 PM
It is so sad that scum takes these programs meant to help our youth and turn it into something questionable. From the Catholic church, sports down to Cub Scouts. The people that know or knew it was happening should get the same punishment as the perpetrator!!!!

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