Document trail: Michael Elliott Eck
Last Updated: 234 days ago
Former Virginia scout leader, Michael Eck admitted to inappropriate sexual behavior with scouts. Records show no indication that Scouts called police. Eck was barred from scouting. Three years later he was convicted of sexual batter in a different case.
The Michael Eck case and many others raise serious questions for the Boy Scouts of America and the confidential files they have maintained for since the 1920s.
Boy Scout President, Wayne Perry believes overall the confidential file system has worked. “It protected a lot of kids,” Perry said. “Absolutely, no question,” he added.
But Perry also says it didn’t protect all kids. “It was a moral failure,” he said.
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Our exclusive look into the Boy Scouts confidential files – 30,000 documents, 10 journalists, 6 months of research. Our investigation reveals scouts’ pleas for help being ignored while some scout leaders were promised confidentiality.
The Scripps National Investigative Team tracks systemic problems within the Boy Scouts of America, including poor background checks, and suspected molesters moving from troop to troop. More of our exclusive interview with the leader of BSA.
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- Patrick Boyle was the first to publish reports of the Boy Scouts of America's confidential "ineligible volunteers" files, in 1994. Boyle says the attention these files are now getting will do good for kids.
- An official response to our investigation from Boy Scouts of America national president Wayne Perry.
Click to view confidential documents in his file. Herrick is currently serving a 95-year sentence.
Look at the confidential documents in Hoefling's file. Hoefling was a troop leader near Detroit.
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