Former Boy Scout Leader Charged with Sexual Assault

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by Church Militant  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 3, 2015   

BSA needs to come clean on their pedophile cover-up

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MORRISTOWN, N.J., August 3, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) The case against a former Boy Scout leader accused of sexually assaulting four boys has gained traction following a court order requiring the release of the Boy Scouts of America's secret "perversion files."

A ruling by a judge in the Superior Court in Bergen County, New Jersey ordered the organization to turn over thousands of records potentially containing numerous accounts of sexual misconduct within the organization. 

This followed the 2012 arrest of former New Jersey Boy Scouts leader Stephen Corcoran, who was accused of sexually assaulting four scouts in the 1990s. Corcoran, a longtime leader of Parsippany Boy Scout Troop 173, allegedly began abusing his first victim, now 33, when the victim was 11 years old; this included providing the minor with alcohol and pornography before engaging in oral sex, which allegedly happened "hundreds of times" over the course of five years. Between the ages of 15 and 16, the scout was allegedly abused multiple times a week, and was forced to engage in a Corcoran-arranged threesome with another older boy who had a "crush" on the victim. 

In 2013 a second victim was added to the case, claiming Corcoran had "sexually abused and molested" him countless times between 1997 and 2001. Two more men, both currently in their 30s, have since been added to the case. Corcoran has also been charged with possessing child pornography.

According to Victor J. Herlinsky, the attorney representing the men, the release of the secret files "forces the national Boy Scouts organization to come clean and reveal their cover-up of pedophiles in the ranks and their crimes against children."

The Bergen County case follows a 2012 Oregon Supreme Court ruling that ordered the release of a plethora of files documenting the cover-up of leaders and volunteers across the nation who had been accused of sexual misconduct. According to the 20,000 pages of documents, more than a third of the 1,200 cases, which spanned from 1965 to 1985, were not disclosed to the police.  

The release of the documents has generated numerous lawsuits and criminal investigations. 

Corcoran had openly admitted to one of his victims that he was bisexual, which falls in line with a number of studies linking homosexual tendencies and pedophilia. Doctors Freund and Heasman of the Clark Institute of Psychiatry found that out of 457 pedophiles they personally questioned, 36 percent claimed to be homosexual. Even a 1970 study by the Kinsey Institute discovered that 25 percent of 565 adult white homosexuals interviewed in just San Francisco alone admitted to having had sexual intercourse with boys 16 and under. Multiple nationwide studies have estimated the percentage of male homosexuals in the United States to be between one and three percent of the population, yet homosexuals make up between 20 and 40 percent of all child molestation cases. Based on their percentage in the nationwide population, homosexuals are 10 to 20 times more likely to engage in child molestation than heterosexuals.

Situations similar to the Persippany Troop case in New Jersey can only be expected to exponentially grow, as the Boy Scouts of America voted on July 27 to remove their ban on openly gay adult leaders. The same day the ban was lifted, a 68-year-old scoutmaster, also from New Jersey, was arrested and charged with sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy, and investigators are looking into a possible second victim from several years ago.  

 

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