Hawkeye Area Council, Boy Scouts being sued over sex abuse allegations

Published: Oct. 30, 2018 at 4:35 PM CDT
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The Hawkeye Area Council, a Boy Scouts of America organization, is being sued over allegations of sexual abuse. The lawsuit claims the plaintiff in the case was abused by a volunteer for years during the 1970s.

The person making the claims is only listed in court documents as "John Doe".

The lawsuit accuses a specific troop leader of sexually abusing the plaintiff during car rides to scouting activities and on camping trips. The leader it says sexually abused the victim, "in virtually every way possible."

The leader is also accused of forcing the victim to "dance around naked" in front of other scouts while they and the individual in question would attempt to inappropriately touch the plaintiff.

The lawsuit furthermore accuses the Boy Scouts of failing to monitor this scouting leader and of not contacting law enforcement about his behavior.

TV9 reached out to both sides involved in this case for comment. Attorney for the plaintiff told us in a statement, "Our client filed this lawsuit to try to right a wrong that was done to him as a child. He seeks justice from BSA and the Hawkeye Council because these organizations knew that his Troop leader was a danger and failed to protect him."

Hawkeye Area Council CEO Sarah Dawson also sent us a statement which says in part, "We are outraged there have been times when our best efforts to protect youth were not enough and Scouts were abused. We sincerely apologize to those victims and their families."

TV9 spoke with council for the plaintiff about the scout leader named in the suit, which it turns out is a common name in Iowa court records. The attorney tells TV9 even they're not sure where the accused currently resides, that is, if they are alive at all.

The Hawkeye Area Council says on their website they currently serve more than 5,600 youth across seven counties in Eastern Iowa.

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