Former Scoutmaster Admits He Molested Boys

MONROE, N.C. (October 26, 2012)—Thomas J. Menghi, Jr., a former scoutmaster in North Carolina, admits he molested as many as 10 boys in the early 1970s.

The file on Menghi, 69, is one among thousands of pages on suspected abusers kept by the Boy Scouts of America and released under a recent court order.

He told The Associated Press he was usually drunk when he had sex with boys in Troop 786 in Fayetteville.

He now lives in Monroe, N.C. near Charlotte.

He said he would like to apologize to his victims and fears going to jail.

Memos in Menghi's file from 1974 show other scout leaders contemplated whether to report the abuse to the police, but were directed not to by a national official.

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