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Boy Scout abuse database includes local cases

'Perversion files' reveal more details about alleged cases in Glendale, Pasadena and La Crescenta.

December 29, 2012|By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com
  • Map shows locations of troops and units referenced by the Boy Scouts of America in the expulsions of thousands of men following allegations of sexual abuse. The Times has created a database of those so-called perversion files.
Map shows locations of troops and units referenced by… (Ken Schwencke /…)

A Los Angeles Times database of so-called “perversion files” documenting alleged sexual abuse by Boy Scouts of America troop leaders have expanded to include more information on a handful of cases tied to the tri-city region.

The files were obtained as a result of lawsuits against the Boy Scouts by alleged abuse victims or by media organizations.

The Times’ database provides a thorough picture of the widespread abuse allegations and how they were handled within the Boy Scouts of America between 1947 and January 2005, and reveals many incidents in which the organization failed to report the incidents to law enforcement officials in lieu of cover ups and quiet resignations.

The documents were kept internally by the organization to prevent suspected molesters from rejoining the program.

But in the five cases released with local ties — two in Glendale, one in Pasadena and two in La Crescenta — the documents claim that the accused troop leaders were either under investigation by police or had already been convicted.

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The database also revealed an abuse report filed in Burbank in 1958 and a third in Glendale in 1996, but no further details were available.

The files show the Boy Scouts opened an investigation in 1987 into Donald Rosen, a then-50-year-old West Hollywood man and Scout Master for a Pasadena Boy Scout troop who was accused of fondling “nearly all the boys in his troop.”

In a letter dated Aug. 16, 1987, Catholic Chaplin Rudy Vallin described conversations with Scouts and assistant troop leaders about the alleged abuse.

“I spoke to two assistant Scoutmasters who said to each other in my presence, ‘Don has got to learn to keep his hands to himself. This time he did it to the wrong kid, and that will end up getting him blackballed from Scouting,’” Vallin wrote.

Rosen was axed from the organization on Oct. 23, 1987, according to a letter by then-San Gabriel Valley Boy Scouts Council President John Lewis.

While the documents claim the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was investigating Rosen, there’s no evidence that charges were filed, according to county Superior Court records.

Rosen had a run-in with law enforcement seven years earlier, when he was charged with committing a lewd act on a child, a Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman said. Details on the charge were not immediately available.

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