Trail of Betrayal Feature
A Scripps national investigation into more than two decades of Boy Scouts of America internal records reveals it failed to stop Scout-leader pedophiles from becoming repeat offenders or from re-entering Scouting.
Scout confidential records show how Hacker "beat the system" by registering in more than one troop, at a time when officials didn't check multiple registrations.
See for yourself: inside his confidential files. Slusher was convicted twice of sex crimes against youth.
Examine the confidential documents for yourself. Estes was convicted in 1989 of three counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of indecency with a child.
Examine the confidential records. Jerry Lee Parrish's first run-in with the Scouts was in 1976.
Take a look inside these confidential files. Records show he sexually molested at least 20 boys, many of whom were in a troop of scouts with disabilities.
Boy Scouts of America national president Wayne Perry explains why the organization continues to keep confidential files, and how it works with law enforcement today. He also explains why he's proud of what the Boy Scouts does to try to help kids.
Veronica Akins’ son, Chance, was molested by Scoutmaster Melvin Christopher Estes in the late 1980s, sending the boy into a downward spiral, she said. Akins sued the Boy Scouts of America, taking her case all the way to the Texas Supreme Court.
Clay Evans was a Boy Scout in the 1970’s. A police investigation into the actions of his Scoutmaster, Floyd David Slusher, revealed that nearly every boy in both of the troops he led had been approached sexually by Slusher. Evans talks about how he’s been affected over the past 30 years.
Our exclusive look into the Boy Scouts' confidential files – 30,000 documents, 10 journalists, 6 months of research. Our investigation reveals scouts’ pleas for help being ignored while some scout leaders were promised confidentiality.
The Scripps National Investigative Team tracks systemic problems within the Boy Scouts of America, including poor background checks, and suspected molestors moving from troop to troop. More of our exclusive interview with the leader of BSA.
After revelations of abuse within the Boy Scouts of America, how has the organization and its policies changed, and are changes working? You’ll hear different sides. Plus, a one-time abused scout has to decide whether scouting is right for his sons.
Kansas City Investigation
A 41 Action News investigation discovered one of the nation's leading youth organizations did not report suspected child sexual abuse to authorities, allowing accused molesters to avoid punishment and putting other children in harm's way.