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Boy Scout "Perversion Files" released to the public

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The names of nine Alabama men, who once worked or volunteered with Boy Scout troops in Alabama, are listed among 1,200 suspected pedophiles in a 2010 lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America.

Lawyers in Oregon have released more than 20,000 confidential Boy Scout documents that identify suspected child predators within the organization.

The Scouts' so-called "Perversion Files" say more than 1,000 scoutmasters and volunteers were banned because of sexual assault accusations or inappropriate contact with boys.

The files cover a 20-year period, between 1965 and 1985.  They were at the center of a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America by a man who says a scoutmaster sexually abused him.

A jury in Oregon awarded him $20-million.

Many cases involving the names on the list have not been substantiated in court.  Attorneys say they victims are too embarrassed to come forward.  Some of the cases have been taken to court. 

To see the full list of suspects and the documents involved in the cases, click here.

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