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Jury holds Boy Scouts negligent in sex-abuse caseBy Tom Watkins,
CNNApril 13, 2010 7:15 p.m. EDT
Timur Dykes was removed as a Scout leader but remained with the
organization as a volunteer.STORY HIGHLIGHTS
How Scouts handled case of former Scout leader Timur Dykes at center
of lawsuit
Jurors in Portland award former Scout who had contact with Dykes $1.4
million
On Tuesday, trial's second phase to determine punitive damages in
1980s
Spokesman: Scouts have taken extensive steps to keep abusers out in
recent years
(CNN) -- Jurors in Portland, Oregon, awarded a former Boy Scout $1.4
million after finding Tuesday that the organization was negligent in
allowing a Scout leader who was a sex offender to have contact with
him.

The three-week trial ended with Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge
John A. Wittmayer polling the jurors, who confirmed they had found the
negligence contributed to damage to the plaintiff as claimed.

The jury ruled that the plaintiff is also entitled to punitive
damages. That's to be determined beginning Tuesday in the trial's
second phase.

How the Scouts handled the case of the former Scout leader, Timur
Dykes, was at the center of the explosive lawsuit.

Attorney Kelly Clark, who has been representing six men suing the
Scouts, would not discuss the case until after the punitive phase.
Before the trial, he alleged that when his clients were boys during
the 1980s, the organization knew that at least one of them had been
abused by Dykes.

He also alleged that though Dykes was removed as a Scout leader, he
was allowed to stay on as a volunteer and the abuse continued. CNN was
not able to reach Dykes.



Video: Boy Scouts lose $1.4M in abuse case RELATED TOPICS
Boy Scouts of America
Sexual Offenses
Oregon
Clark produced documents that he said were part of an archive of
previously secret Boy Scout files that chronicled decades of abuse of
boys.

The Scouts' lawyers said the organization had not known about Dykes'
record nor had it known about an outstanding warrant at the time.

Once the Scouts did learn about it, the organization acted immediately
and cooperated with police, the Scouts' lawyers said.

A Boy Scouts spokesman has acknowledged the organization does have
confidential files, but said they are made confidential in order to
protect people who are ineligible to be Scout leaders but who may not
have done anything illegal.

A Scouts spokesman said that, in recent years, the organization has
taken extensive measures to keep abusers out.

In a written statement, the Scouts said the organization intends to
appeal.

"We are gravely disappointed with the verdict," it said. "We believe
that the allegations made against our youth protection efforts are not
valid."

It added, "We are saddened by what happened to the plaintiff. The
actions of the man who committed these crimes do not represent the
values and ideals of the Boy Scouts of America.

"The safety of the young people currently in the Scouting program has
never been in question during these legal proceedings. The case
focused on a discussion about what society and the BSA knew about
child abuse approximately three decades ago.

"This is a long-standing societal issue that every youth-serving
organization must address. Based on the standard of care of that time,
the BSA believes it acted responsibly and that the evidence presented
during the trial does not justify the verdict."

While holding the Boy Scouts of America 60 percent negligent, the jury
said the Cascade Pacific Council -- which oversees Scouting activities
in the region -- was 15 percent negligent and the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints 25 percent negligent.

The church has sponsored a number of Boy Scout troops, including the
one to which the plaintiff belonged.

Steve English, a lawyer representing the church, said Tuesday's
verdict has no impact on the church, since it settled the case out of
court more than a year ago.

"The church absolutely condemns any kind of child abuse," he said.
"Because of the way the law is set up in Oregon, we thought it made
sense both to help the victim and also to get this behind the victim
and us to settle this case."

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Jury holds Boy Scouts negligent in sex-abuse caseBy Tom Watkins,
CNNApril 13, 2010 7:15 p.m. EDT
*Timur Dykes was removed as a Scout leader but remained with the
organization as a volunteer.STORY HIGHLIGHTS
How Scouts handled case of former Scout leader Timur Dykes at center
of lawsuit
Jurors in Portland award former Scout who had contact with Dykes $1.4
million
On Tuesday, trial's second phase to determine punitive damages in
1980s
Spokesman: Scouts have taken extensive steps to keep abusers out in
recent years
(CNN) -- Jurors in Portland, Oregon, awarded a former Boy Scout $1.4
million after finding Tuesday that the organization was negligent in
allowing a Scout leader who was a sex offender to have contact with
him.

The three-week trial ended with Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge
John A. Wittmayer polling the jurors, who confirmed they had found the
negligence contributed to damage to the plaintiff as claimed.

The jury ruled that the plaintiff is also entitled to punitive
damages. That's to be determined beginning Tuesday in the trial's
second phase.

How the Scouts handled the case of the former Scout leader, Timur
Dykes, was at the center of the explosive lawsuit.

Attorney Kelly Clark, who has been representing six men suing the
Scouts, would not discuss the case until after the punitive phase.
Before the trial, he alleged that when his clients were boys during
the 1980s, the organization knew that at least one of them had been
abused by Dykes.

He also alleged that though Dykes was removed as a Scout leader, he
was allowed to stay on as a volunteer and the abuse continued. CNN was
not able to reach Dykes.

Video: Boy Scouts lose $1.4M in abuse case RELATED TOPICS
Boy Scouts of America
Sexual Offenses
Oregon
Clark produced documents that he said were part of an archive of
previously secret Boy Scout files that chronicled decades of abuse of
boys.

The Scouts' lawyers said the organization had not known about Dykes'
record nor had it known about an outstanding warrant at the time.

Once the Scouts did learn about it, the organization acted immediately
and cooperated with police, the Scouts' lawyers said.

A Boy Scouts spokesman has acknowledged the organization does have
confidential files, but said they are made confidential in order to
protect people who are ineligible to be Scout leaders but who may not
have done anything illegal.

A Scouts spokesman said that, in recent years, the organization has
taken extensive measures to keep abusers out.

In a written statement, the Scouts said the organization intends to
appeal.

"We are gravely disappointed with the verdict," it said. "We believe
that the allegations made against our youth protection efforts are not
valid."

It added, "We are saddened by what happened to the plaintiff. The
actions of the man who committed these crimes do not represent the
values and ideals of the Boy Scouts of America.

"The safety of the young people currently in the Scouting program has
never been in question during these legal proceedings. The case
focused on a discussion about what society and the BSA knew about
child abuse approximately three decades ago.

"This is a long-standing societal issue that every youth-serving
organization must address. Based on the standard of care of that time,
the BSA believes it acted responsibly and that the evidence presented
during the trial does not justify the verdict."

While holding the Boy Scouts of America 60 percent negligent, the jury
said the Cascade Pacific Council -- which oversees Scouting activities
in the region -- was 15 percent negligent and the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints 25 percent negligent.

The church has sponsored a number of Boy Scout troops, including the
one to which the plaintiff belonged.

Steve English, a lawyer representing the church, said Tuesday's
verdict has no impact on the church, since it settled the case out of
court more than a year ago.

"The church absolutely condemns any kind of child abuse," he said.
"Because of the way the law is set up in Oregon, we thought it made
sense both to help the victim and also to get this behind the victim
and us to settle this case."


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