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Personal Injuries - Part 2

On Church Property or During Church Activities

Virginia
State:

• Denominations that conduct scouting programs will be interested in a recent ruling of the Virginia Supreme Court refusing to find the Boy Scouts of America legally responsible for the homosexual assaults of a local scoutmaster. Here are the facts. At the age of 12, a boy became a member of a local scout troop in Virginia. The boy alleged that his scoutmaster initiated a homosexual relationship with him and had homosexually molested him on 60 or more occasions over a period of a year, persuading him that such behavior was normal and acceptable. The relationship caused the boy severe psychological, emotional, and physical harm, resulting in his withdrawal from school and commitment to in-patient treatment in a psychiatric hospital. The scoutmaster was later convicted of a number of felonies as a result of his homosexual offenses against the boy (and two other scouts), and was sentenced ...

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  • September 3, 1990

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