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PERSONAL INJURY: Appellate Court holds that a national Boy Scout group did not owe a duty to protect sexually abused boy scouts

PERSONAL INJURY: Appellate Court Holds That A National Boy Scout Group Did Not Owe A Duty To Protect Sexually Abused Boy Scouts

The underlying sexual assaults were allegedly perpetrated by the troop leader and camp master who supervised camping trips with the Boy Scouts.  The Appellate Court affirms the Boy Scouts of America’s motion for summary judgment.  The evidence presented with regard to the motion for summary judgment established that the Boy Scouts of America was not in charge of the selection and supervision of troop leaders; instead, this was controlled by the local Boy Scout troop.  Although the Boy Scouts can discharge a scout master or refuse to register one for conflicts with scouting philosophy, this did not negate facts establishing that the local organization was responsible for selecting and supervising adult volunteers.  There was no special relationship between Boy Scouts of America and the plaintiff.

John Roe 1 v. Boy Scouts of America Corporation, AC 35155 (January 21, 2014)