The Reinken Law firm is representing 19 plaintiffs who are seeking to recover damages against the Boy Scouts of America Corporation, the Fairfield County Council of Boy Scouts of America, Inc. and the Connecticut Yankee Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America.
The plaintiffs claim that they were abused by a Scoutmaster of troops 80, 90 and 172 in Ridgefield Connecticut. The abuse occurred during the 1960s and 1970s in connection with Boy Scout activities including scout meetings and campouts. The plaintiffs, who were minors at the time of the abuse, had repressed their memories of the traumatic events. The plaintiffs claim that the Boy Scouts and their Councils failed to protect them from the abuse even though they knew that there was a pervasive problem with pedophiles in Scouting.
In 2012, the Boy Scouts of America Corporation was compelled by court order in an Oregon case to release certain secret files from 1965-1985 known as the “Perversion Files” which contained information on scouting volunteers who the organization had deemed to be ineligible based upon allegations of sexual abuse. In Connecticut, at least 26 Scout leaders were placed in the Perversion Files between 1960 and 1985.
In October of 2015, the Reinken Law Firm filed a lawsuit in the Connecticut Superior court located in Stamford, Connecticut on behalf of the 19 plaintiffs, entitled John Doe #1 et al v. Boy Scouts of America, et al. Case No. FST-CV-15-5015023-S.