Deja vu all over again! Council did not report the 2014 abuse incident to police.
The Boy Scouts of America Hudson Valley Council knew that two Dutchess County Boy Scouts may have been abused by a leader, but didn’t tell police.
And, they weren’t legally required to. (New York)
Volunteers are mandated by the Boy Scouts of America to report claims of sexual abuse “immediately” to local authorities, according to the organization's website. But, two months before one Dutchess County scout told his mother that he had been abused on a camping trip in August 2014 by an assistant scoutmaster, Salt Point's Michael Kelsey, he confided in a different scoutmaster during a hiking trip in October 2014, according to testimony made during Kelsey's trial this past May.
Though the Boy Scouts of America took action against Kelsey, removing him from the organization, it did not alert police. According to state police Senior Investigator Timothy Peets: "The Boy Scout organization never reported anything until after they were confronted by the parents of the victims."
A representative from the national organization declined to answer why it didn't follow its own policy. David Horton, the CEO of the organization's Hudson Valley Council, did not respond to attempts to seek comment via phone or email.
After the boy's mother contacted police, Kelsey was arrested, tried and convicted on five charges related to sexual abuse of two scouts. His sentencing is scheduled for October.
More details with stonewalling and double-talk in the link above.
How could this happen again?
P.S. According to the Hudson Valley Council website David Horton is still the Scout Executive.
Edited by RememberSchiff, 06 September 2016 - 08:31 AM.