Boy Scout Files Show 14 Silicon Valley Leaders Were Suspected of Sexual Abuse

As part of the settlement in a multi-million-dollar sex abuse case, files containing information on thousands of possible crimes were released Thursday.


Fourteen Silicon Valley cases of possible sexual abuse by Boy Scout troop leaders and volunteers are part of the organization's files released Thursday to the public.

For decades, the Boy Scouts of America kept the files as a way to keep volunteers suspected of inappopriate sexual behavior away from children. The cases were not shared with parents or police.

The files became public Thursday as part of an $18.5 million settlement between the Boy Scouts and a victim.

Specific details and reports on only three Silicon Valley cases were released Thursday.

Eleven other cases of Boy Scout abuse in Silicon Valley, many of them hidden from police and even parents and discovered through lawsuits, are part of a database created through years of reporting at the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Times has created a list of the cases by year, city, state and troop number. The newspaper's list includes the time period covered by today's release (1965 to 1985), but also other accusations and documents gathered and released in various court cases.

Here is a list of the 14 cases in Silicon Valley, according to the L.A. Times files.

According to the Times, the accused are identified below by name when files are available and by a unique number otherwise. If the same person is associated with more than one troop or unit, that name or number is repeated. Dates mark when the Boy Scouts created the file, not when the incidents are alleged to have occurred.

Name or ID First Name Year City Troop # 4616 1992 Gilroy 711 Hartley Craig D. 1980 Los Altos 36 336 1990 Los Altos 33 4624 1994 Los Gatos 501 2141 1966 Los Gatos 501 332 1990 Milpitas 8633 Wentworth Ronald 1972 Palo Alto 146 2799 1998 Palo Alto 31 1418 1988 Palo Alto 152 4624 1995 Santa Clara 14 4491 1998 Santa Clara 419 2143 1969 Saratoga 500 McCrery Charles 1971 Sunnyvale 463 1969 1961 Sunnyvale 483
Anne Ernst October 19, 2012 at 08:58 PM
This is such a shame on so many counts. There are some fine people involved in Boy Scouts, but irresponsible behavior such as the organization protecting predators is unforgivable. I also can't forgive the organization for discriminating against boys who just happen to be gay.
Claudia Cruz October 19, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I have met many adult men who cherished their time as a boy scout, so I appreciate that I can count on them to help in times of need. However, any institution that hides criminal activity should face consequences. Look at Penn State. Should the names of the local individuals be released, it partly depends if the victims want to come forward. Would reporters be wrong to release the names? No, not at all, since the names have been released through court documents. Journalists are here to provide accurate and truthful information. How the community reacts depends on the community.
Larry Arzie October 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I started as a cub scout and worked my way up through all the merit badges for eagle scout and became lodge leader for Order of the Arrow until I was 18. Never was there a whisper of deviancy. When it does surface publicly it is painful and discolors the good times I had. Hiding the information is not good either and I presume it happened to protect everyone. No matter the reason life is not as simple as it used to be and bring this out in the open, no matter how painful, is a long overdue cleansing. Even one young man scared for life is too many.
Rose Arnaudo October 21, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Don and Rose Arnaudo We are still working with scouts. My son Stefan became an Eagle in 1991. It is a great program and very helpful for the growth of young men. However, we do not agree with the Gay scout situation. He should be allowed to have his Eagle Scout. We are supposed to be a Christian group and yet we discriminate. We hope the Scout administration will CHANGE its policy!!
Carole Jones October 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM
October 21, Several years ago, when their father was an active member of the Air Force, one of my sons was a member of a local scout troop. Returning from a camping trip, he told me that the adult who accompanied the group tried to rape some of the boys, including my son. My son, of his own volition, quit scouts immediately. The person who tried to molest the boys was also in the military. I was horrified but his father and I never mentioned it outside the family. If you were involved with the military, in those days at least, you didn't speak out about anything negative. Thank heavens things are changing. Carole Jones


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