DOVER, Del.- A national institution is under siege. Boy Scout troop leaders across the country are named in a list of sexual abuse going back decades.
A man from Fruitland, Md. is accused of alleged child pornography during his time with the Boy Scouts during the early 1990s.
But Boy Scouts on Delmarva said they are not letting a few bad apples tarnish the Boy Scout name.
Mike Bruno is a Boy Scout troop leader in Smyrna who said he has worked with the Boy Scouts most of his life. The allegations of abuse make him cringe.
"When you hear about these predators using it for their own end it makes you crazy," Bruno said. "And it upsets you because you're worried it's going to smear the Boy Scouts."
Fourteen-year-old Will Walker has been a part of the Boy Scouts for several years and said all of his troop leaders have been great.
"I've never ever met somebody who has been a little bit quirky or weird," Walker said. "All of them have been great solid guys."
Bruno, who is Walker's troop leader, said the scouts take many precautions to keep kids safe.
"The scouts have a program called two-deep leadership, meaning that no boys should be around leaders without at least two registered leaders at the same time," Bruno said. "Always in full view of the whole group."
Victims rights attorney Tim Kosnoff is making public the more than 100-page list , which includes 35 instance in Maryland, four in Delaware and 25 in Virginia.
"Today there exist more than 6,000 files and the rate at which they are opened up continues to be on average one every other day," Kosnoff said.
More files detailing abuse in the Boy Scouts is expected to be made public next week by order of a court in Oregon.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:33:21 GMT
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