Lawsuit launched against Leatherstocking Council

A lawsuit has been launched against the Boy Scouts of America and its local Leatherstocking Council on behalf of three adult males alleging that as minors they were sexually abused by scoutmasters or assistant scoutmasters.

The suit was prepared by the Marsh Law Firm PLLC of White Plains and the Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLL firm of Seattle, Wash., including documents for state Supreme Court in Oneida County.

Documents were provided to the Daily Sentinel in conjunction with an announcement this week involving the two firms and attorneys representing 550 childhood sexual abuse survivors across the state. It said the Diocese of Syracuse and the Boy Scouts of America have been served with lawsuits and formal discovery requests.

The announcement refers to the Child Victims Act that took effect Aug. 14, allowing a one-year window for previously time-barred survivors of childhood sexual abuse to seek justice regardless of when the abuse occurred. Two other law firms on Aug. 15 announced lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by at least five clergy who had connections to sites in Oneida County, among legal actions filed Aug. 14 against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

The suit involving the local Leatherstocking Council includes citing one scoutmaster and three assistant scoutmasters in the alleged sexual abuse cases of three adult males who respectively currently live in Frankfort and Waverly in New York and in Alamogordo, N.M. The three adult males are identified by initials in the documents provided to the Daily Sentinel. They are demanding judgment against the Boy Scouts of America and Leatherstocking Council as defendants, together with compensatory and punitive damages to be determined at trial, the documents said.


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