Boy Scouts Sex Scandal Includes Pennsylvania Men
Several men from northeastern and central PA convicted regarding Boy Scouts sex scandal
Several Pennsylvania men were named in files released by the Boy Scouts of America detailing how the organization dealt with allegations of child sex abuse.
The documents – made public after an Oregon judge ordered their disclosure in a lawsuit involving a man who said he was molested by a scoutmaster and that the BSA did nothing about it – have caused a national furor. They identify more than 1,000 leaders and volunteers banned from the group after being accused of sexual or inappropriate conduct with boys.
Included are the names of several men from Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania associated with the BSA who have been convicted of child sex abuse or investigated by police, according to PAHomePage.com:
Marcel Cinquina who heads up the Boy Scouts of Northeastern Pennsylvania says the organization has increased safety measures to protect children. “We have implemented all kinds of screening methods including criminal background checks as well as procedures to make sure that children are never alone with scout volunteers or scoutmasters.”
Joe Eibach is a 25-year veteran scout master from Scranton and added, “This report is a dark cloud for us. There are so many more good people in scouting that strive to do the right thing.”
Dr. Matthew Berger, a psychiatrist from Lackawanna County, had this advice for parents:
“Parents can teach their kids long before they enter any group that it is okay to say no [and] to walk away from any situation in which they feel uncomfortable.”
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