Boy Scouts, Mormon Church Face Lawsuit Over Abuse

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wedensday, December 12, 2012

A Delaware man is suing the Boy Scouts of America and the Mormon church over childhood sexual abuse committed by the scoutmaster at his church-sponsored troop.

Melvin Novak's lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Philadelphia. It charges that newly released Boy Scout "perversion files" support his claim that the organization hid abuse for years.

Former scoutmaster Vance Hein is in prison for violating after a 1999 conviction in Novak's case.

The 28-year-old Novak says the abuse plunged him into years of substance abuse.

The Scouts say they deeply regret past abuse within the organization. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says abusers deserve both "legal prosecution and Church discipline."

The Associated Press generally does not identify sexual abuse victims, but Novak wants his name publicized to heighten awareness.

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