PORTLAND, Ore. (October 1, 2012)--The Boy Scouts of America plan to begin reporting suspected abusers named in the organization's so-called perversion files to police departments and sheriff's offices across the country.
The Scouts until now have argued they did all they could to prevent sex abuse within their ranks.
They have spent a century tracking pedophiles and used those records to keep known sex offenders out of their organization.
But a court-ordered release of the perversion files from 1965 to 1985 is expected sometime in October and that prompted Scouts spokesman Deron Smith to say the Texas-based organization will go back into the files and report any offenders who may have fallen through the cracks.
Smith said Mike Johnson, the group's youth protection director and a former police detective, will lead the review.