Plaintiff in suit against Boy Scouts idolized molesting leader
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A 37-year-old man who's suing the Boy Scouts of America for allegedly knowing of pedophiles in its ranks says he once thought the Scout leader who molested him was "the coolest."
The man testified in court in Portland, Ore., that at first he worshipped Timur Dykes because he knew everything about the woods, was an expert mountain climber, and goofed around just like a kid.
Dykes has already admitted, in a video deposition, that he abused the plaintiff in the 1980s. Dykes was convicted three times of sexually abusing boys between 1983 and 1994, most of them Scouts.
The suit alleges the Boy Scouts knew it had child molesters among its troop leaders, but didn't tell parents or authorities. The Scouts say they kept files on suspected molesters to protect children.