Boy Scouts' mishandling of past abuse cases beyond schmucky

floyd slusher mug shot.jpg
Floyd Slusher.
Why brand the Boy Scouts of America as a collective schmuck after releasing files about volunteers and leaders banned from the organization after being accused of inappropriate actions (and, all too frequently, sexual abuse) against children? Because it took the BOA so unconscionably long to do so -- and because documents like those pertaining to Boulder's Floyd Slusher on view below show that crimes were frequently overlooked or shrugged off.

The BOA is admitting wrongdoing over the years. A statement reads in part, "There have been instances where people misused their positions in Scouting to abuse children, and in certain cases, our response to these incidents and our efforts to protect youth were plainly insufficient, inappropriate or wrong."

That certainly appears to be the case with Slusher. The Los Angeles Times has created an astonishing database with the appropriate subtitle "Inside the Perversion Files," and its blurb about Slusher neatly synopsizes his case as well as the inclination to protect perpetrators rather than consistently putting victims first:

Caught molesting a boy at a Scout camp in Germany, Floyd D. Slusher, a Scout staff member, was sent back to the U.S. but was allowed to continue working with Scouts. He was later twice convicted of sex crimes and remains in prison.
The Boulder Daily Camera expands on this blurb, noting that in 1977, Slusher was accused of sexually assaulting an Aurora boy he'd met the previous year at a Boulder Boy Scout camp called (cringe) Peaceful Valley; he was 23 and a CU-Boulder student at the time. He subsequently pleaded guilty to sex assault and was sent to jail until 1984 -- but six years later, he was convicted on three sexual-exploitation-of-children counts and sentenced to 75 years in prison.

boy scout abuse map.jpg
This map shows communities where individuals banned from scouting leadership or volunteer positions lived. It's searchable on the L.A. Times website.
If only Slusher was an isolated case nationally or locally. But no: As CNN points out in the item linked above, more than 1,000 individuals are listed in the document dump, and plenty of them are from Colorado. On the L.A. Times site, the map on view here in screen-capture form allows users to click on cities and towns to see the list of those from there included in the data, and Colorado communities big and small are represented. Denver, for instance, includes sixteen listings -- a few with names attached, others designated by numbers. (Repeated numbers mean repeat offenses, and that happens twice on the Denver list.) There are also some complete files attached, including one pertaining to Gerald Hall that we've included below. Reading it is chilling.

There are multiple listings for Boulder, Colorado Springs and other more populous places in the state, too. But even smaller burgs are represented. Cimarron. Walsenburg. Salida. Mystic.

That the Boy Scouts of America is making this material available is a step in the right direction, certainly. But infinitely more steps will be necessary before the organization can move beyond the horrific legacy of abuse.

Look below to see the complete files on Slusher and Hall.

Boys Scouts of America: Floyd David Slusher File
Boy Scouts of America: Gerald Hall File

More from our Schmuck of the Week archive: "Adams County's shmucky treatment of deaf suspect Timothy Siaki settled for $100K."

My Voice Nation Help

I was sexually molested by my scoutmaster in Arvada in the early to mid-1970's. My troop met in the basement of a Catholic church. Unfortunately his name is not in the "perversion files," but I would sure like to know if there were other victims. For anyone that was abused, I would suggest joining

Jack Thursby
Jack Thursby

The Boy Scouts is a hypocrite organization. They fight tooth and nail to bar openly gay from the BOA all the while allowing these closet cases to ravage little boys so as long as they maintain the facade that is their purported heterosexuality. These revelations won't make much of a difference in the long run. The BOA's staunchest supporters -- right-wing hypocrite anti-gay Christers -- will stand by their "men."

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

The Boy Scouts are done. It's time a better organization stepped up. This is inexcusable.

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

Yes. They hide crimes like this but ban gays? That's beyond schmucky.


This sick fuck , will spend his time in a system designed to cater to sex offenders .

ANY reprisal directed toward ANY sex offender is taken most seriously .

Assaults = a new felony for the assailant .

And , the better portion of programs are directed to the treatment of the sex offender .

Those perverts are EVERYWHERE in the system . IMPOSSIBLE to avoid unless you are housed in MAXIMUM security w/ all the check ins' and rats .


Big Gay Al is next !...........

michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @AD77 So sorry to hear about your experiences -- but thanks for the post, and the suggestion. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.


 @Juan_Leg they also charge you with a hate crime for beating up a sex offender in the colorado penitentiary. its bullshit

Now Trending

From the Vault