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Five from region on Boy Scouts 'perversion files' list

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Five from region on Boy Scouts 'perversion files' list
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Five of the names in the so-called "perversion files" released Thursday by the Boy Scouts of America are from North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.

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The files, obtained from the law firm of Kelly Clark, covers entries from 1965 to 1985. The Portland, Ore., firm convinced the Oregon Supreme Court to demand the release of the files.

Forum Communications is publishing the case files, but not the names of individuals because it could not be verified as of press time that they were charged or convicted of the crimes alleged:

• A Minot, N.D., man was placed in the files in 1960 after he was convicted of an incident involving a 12-year-old girl in Minot. He was 39 at the time and had served as committee chairman in Pack 419 and Troop 419.

• A Wausau, Wis., man was placed in the files in 1960 while in Minot after pleading guilty to incidents involving young boys. He was 23 at the time and had served as assistant scoutmaster in Troop 407.

• A Brooklyn, N.Y., man was placed in the files in 1960 while in Moorhead after his arrest in an incident involving an 11-year-old boy in town. He was a 24-year-old student at Concordia College at the time and had served as assistant scoutmaster in Troop 36.

Today, he is a registered sex offender living in southern California, according to the California attorney general.

• A Surrey, N.D., man was placed in the files in 1960 after unnamed juveniles reported him to the Ward County sheriff. He was 33 and had served as a committeeman in Troop 458.

A file from the sheriff's office shows that he agreed to talk with a sheriff's deputy and seek treatment. He was not charged.

• A Souris, N.D., man was place in the files in 1973 after a Bottineau County official, whose name was blacked out, reported allegations from several boys younger than 15. The county official seemed satisfied that he was seeking psychiatric treatment. The man was a 21-year-old University of North Dakota student at the time and had served as assistant scoutmaster in Troop 526.

Other lists have surfaced in the past, and The Los Angeles Times compiled them on its website.

Those lists include entries from 1947 to January 2005, and there are more entries from North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. None of them include names:

• Fergus Falls, Minn.: One from 1997.

• Grand Forks: Two entries from 1996.

• Hawley, Minn.: One from 1996.

• Lincoln, N.D.: Two entries from 1992.

• Minot: One from 1994.

• Sabin, Minn.: One from 1997.

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