Boy Scouts' mishandling of past abuse cases beyond schmucky

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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.

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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."


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FVanC
FVanC

When I was a teenager in the late 80s, I knew this guy a little bit: he called himself Dave Slesher (not Floyd Slusher), and he was a naturist/nudist and had little boys from naturist families visiting him at his apartment all the time. This was maybe 1988 or 1989. He seemed to me to be a creepy, shifty guy and he always wanted the kids (always and only boys) at his apartment to be naked. He would manipulate us to take our clothes off, and he would get me alone and try to get me to take my clothes off first; I'm sure I was too old for him (14-15) but because I was an older kid I think he thought the younger kids would look up to me and follow my lead. He said one time that if I got naked it might help the younger boys feel more comfortable getting naked - he was blatantly trying to get me to help him get them undressed(!); it made me pretty uncomfortable. Later I asked one little boy who had been over at his apartment a lot if Dave was "doing things" to him that he shouldn't or that the kid didn't like, but he said no, that Dave just liked to be naked a lot. I told him he didn't have to do anything that Dave or any adult told him to do if it was wrong or if it made him feel bad... I hope it helped.


If I had seen anything more than the guy being a creep, I would have taken action. As it was, I was quite young myself, and didn't know he was anything more _than_ a creep.

childsplay2514
childsplay2514

i was raped and sexualy abuse by this man as a young child i was the key witness that helped put him away i was not in the boyscouts but wish that info was mad availble to the public back then i dont hate the man for what he did but did affect my life but if someone kills him in jail no sorrow no tears from me 

AD77
AD77

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 malesurvivor.org.

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.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

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 .

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

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

childsplay2514
childsplay2514

i already had enough issues being transgender before he came along and raped and sexualy abused me for his own selfish needs 

michael.roberts
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.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

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

childsplay2514
childsplay2514

floyd  david sluser you a bitch for what you did to me all i can say id this you better pray on judgement day that the one creator forgives you for what you did to me and others 

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