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Look Up Boy Scout Leaders Expelled in Wisconsin

Numerous Wisconsin records are included in the Boy Scouts of America's once-secret "perversion files." Search for your town or troop number.

Information gathered by the Los Angeles Times shows the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America who were expelled between 1947 and 2005 on suspicions or confirmation of sexual abuse. And our searchable database allows you to look at all cases from throughout Wisconsin.

If a troop is listed, a case file exists. At this time, not all case files are available online. As new documents become available, Patch will update this database.

  • Two former Waukesha Boy Scout leaders were in the list of undesirable volunteers because of their conduct with children. Jack Keating was convicted in the 1970s of sex crimes by a jury. Alexander G. Haynes was arrested for sexual perversion in 1960 was chairman of Boy Scouts Pack No. 352 from November 1957 to March 1960.
  • Shorewood Scout leader Robert M. Smith was in the files. He was convicted sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy, according to historical newspaper articles. There were also allegations that he had sexual contact with at least six other Milwaukee boys, including some who were members of a Boy Scout troop.
  • , was also in the files. He was identified as a child sex offender in the files, which report he admitted to scouting leaders that he touched himself while fondling two children at a summer camp in 1987.
Taoist Crocodile October 29, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Even though their anti-homosexual stance is repugnant, I've defended the Boy Scouts for years because of the wonderful experiences I had as a scout. No longer. The parallels to the Catholic Church scandals are all too clear; moralists hiding their warts in order to protect the imagined sanctity of their own reputation. People who are supposedly "morally straight" endangering children, by hiding the fact that some in their organization rape young men and use them as sex toys. Flat-out disgusting. Both the Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church could benefit from the leadership of public and proud gay men and women with nothing to hide.
H.E. Pennypacker October 29, 2012 at 09:05 PM
This should not be a surprise that homosexual predators would be saturated in the Boy Scouts. Ephebophila is another off shoot of the homosexual/pederast mental illness.
Lyle Ruble October 29, 2012 at 09:37 PM
@H.E. Pennypacker...You better check out Ephebophila and understand that the condition is connected with mid teens to older teens.
H.E. Pennypacker October 29, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I understand completely what it means Mr. Ruble, and my point still stands and is valid. We are not talking about Cub Scouts here, Boy Scouts is for teens to older teens.
Taoist Crocodile October 29, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Letting the absurdity of your diagnosis slide, the big story here is that the BSA documented, and then covered up, sexual abuses. Even if your notions about homosexuality weren't complete rubbish, your hate speech still hasn't explained away the cover up. Like the Catholic church, the BSA administration put young men at risk by failing to report sexual abusers to the proper authorities.
Caledonia Mom October 29, 2012 at 09:52 PM
But please know that there are 1000's of us leaders in the organization who are hard working volunteers putting in many hours a week and hundreds if not thousands of our own dollars to provide an excellent program for the boys. Todays BSA program is very stringent in its training policies and safety policies. I am proud to be a part of BSA and hope that these horrible people don't destroy an excellent program. Anyone with questions about todays training program, background checks or safety policies is welcome to go to www.scouting.org.
Lyle Ruble October 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM
@H.E. Pennypacker...The diagnosis that you are referring to is 15 to 19 years of age. The target group has traditionally been 11 through 13. I was a Boy Scout leader for a number of years from Cub Scouts through Boy Scouts including Troop Committee Chair. Our training is very stringent and the background checks are thorough.
Bewildered October 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Why am I not surprised, among many other expertise, Lyle was also a Boy Scout Leader.? Never doubted it for a minute.
Simple Bacon October 30, 2012 at 12:47 AM
The reason these files exist is that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) decided in the 1940's that they would do whatever necessary to protect the youth in the program so they, at the National office, started keeping a list of adult volunteers found guilty of child sexual abuse. Of the 1,000's of volunteers in the 60+ years since then less than 1% have been listed in the "Ineligible Volunteer" (IV) files. The BSA has created a system by which any one added to these files will never again be able to volunteer. For example, if I were expelled from Milwaukee and then showed up in San Diego to try volunteering with a scout unit my registration paperwork would set off a flag in the BSA National office and I would not be allowed near scouting. These files were never before released to the public however in roughly 90% of cases of suspected abuse law enforcement was called in. This is not an organization protecting itself as much as it is protecting it's youth. BSA even, at one time, contracted with the head of the FBI's "Criminal Minds" division (like on television). She audited the BSA and found that youths were far less likely to be abused while involved in scouting. Since 1985 BSA has had a "2-deep" leadership policy where no youth will ever be alone with a single adult leader. There is always to be at least 2 leaders present when working with youths. The BSA has always been quick to respond and ahead of the curve as far as protecting our youth.
Lyle Ruble October 30, 2012 at 01:12 AM
@Bewildered...Check it out with the Milwaukee Council.
235301 October 30, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I think it's fair to say the Boy Scouts have done a much better job of protecting their youths than the Catholic church. You don't see the Catholic church opening their files, if they do exist, to the public like the Boy Scouts. Of course the Catholic church has much more to lose monetarily than the Boy Scouts. Whether it's a priest, teacher or Boy Scout leader they all operate as predators: they look for the weak and prey on them. If your child comes from a troubled home and has other problems in their life that predator will use that weakness and exploit it. They will abuse their position of power over your child. It's shameful. Raise your kids to be strong, outspoken and to stand up for themselves. They will be far less likely to be preyed upon by these animals. And take great interest in your child's life and who is involved. I remember the creeps involved with Boy Scouts and the Catholic church. I was not surprised by any of the names I recognized from past experiences on the lists of predators for both orgs. They really do stick out. And don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. The Boy Scouts and the Catholic church are populated with leadership that is overwhelmingly there to do good. Unfortunately these few bad apples hang over everyone involved with these organizations.
Mike B October 30, 2012 at 02:18 AM
It's sure a good thing that young boys who are gay can't join. Wouldn't want to corrupt the morals and integrity of the BSA.
Louise October 30, 2012 at 02:22 PM
When are people going to get that this is a long standing problem of humanity not of any one organization. Of course hiding these crimes was gravely wrong but it reflects the way society as a whole dealt with sexual crimes of all kinds at the time. Just ask my mother how her rape was dealt with in the seventies. Statistically, fathers and other male family members are the most likely to sexually abuse children of all ages. In the general population the rates are much higher than what BSA and the Catholic church have had. Let's start getting to the bottom of why some men do this, and do it with eyes wide open and not blinded by agendas.
Chriss Stump October 30, 2012 at 05:32 PM
It's a horrible situation, why can't we just agree to that. Parents, Please question your leaders, Cub Master, Committee Chair. I welcome any parent to come to us, ask me about my training, question me if you see anything, be an advocate no just for your Scout but you child and every child! Scout leadership, Make your parents aware of Youth Protection Training, two deep leadership and saftey measures for Scouts. Don't just rip that little phamplet from the handbooks, read it, go over it, hold an entire night dedicated to it and most important, SPEAK UP. If it looks suspicious it should be addressed anyone offended by being questioned in Scouts shouldn't be in Scouts, Ask me why I don't take your son to the bathroom without my Assistant Den leader, ask me why I cannot carpool your son to the weekend hike, ASK ME, because all my leader training has taught me to protect every child in my Pack!
Chriss Stump October 30, 2012 at 05:36 PM
PS Mike B, I would like to say the BSA, I beleive has made grave mistakes in their handeling of sexual predetors and their stance on membership rules, but they also made a loop hole That Councils, districts and Packs/Troops can allow what works for them and I feel empowered that more and more parts of the BSA are standing up to say "Discrimination is Wrong" I will say at Pack 165 - Racine we do not teach discrimation and every boy who is willing to be a good Scout and "Do Their Best" is welcome with us wether they are gay or straight bring with them a mom and a dad or 2 dads. Someone puts out the challenge, we will answer it, we are a small group but a loud one and there are others like us!
Tuco November 01, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Search Racine. The dates that come up are 1959 (53 yrs ago), 1989 (23 yrs ago), & 1993 (18 yrs ago). does the time diminish the actions/ NO! Ask some of the victims. When the list was published they had flashbacks to their own abuse. Some preferred the list never be published. Now they are reliving those surpressed memories. The youth Protection Training works both ways. Yes it protects youth but it also protects the adults. By arming adults with knowledge, by informing themm that 2 deep leadership is the only acceptable way to be with youth. yes we protect the youth, but at the same time put yourself in the shoes of an adult who has been succesful in his/her career, a family person, being accused of sexual abuse of a Scout! The accustaion alone will ruin him/her. This is one of those crimes you are guilty of and must prove your innocence. Even then people will always remember you for the ALLEGED abuse. Eventually the ALLEGED goes away and they remember you for the abuse.... Protection of youth is the #1 priority!

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