SEATTLE — A dozen men filed a broad new lawsuit against the Boy Scouts and former adult leaders Thursday, saying abuse occurred regularly in Washington state sites such as a popular camp outside of Seattle.
The case accuses 13 different people of abuse — the largest number of such defendants in a case filed against the Boy Scouts of America, according to the attorneys. Those named in the filing include a scoutmaster accused of repeatedly abusing two boys, a camp cook accused of raping a boy, and a business manager accused of abusing a boy in a tent. At least one of those accused denies the allegations and says he was out of the country when the alleged abuse happened.
The lawsuit focuses particularly on Camp Brinkley, which was recently renamed Camp Edward and is located in Snohomish about an hour outside of Seattle. Case documents describe problems beginning around the late 1960s through 1992.
Attorneys said the case, filed in King County Superior Court, shows that the Boy Scouts and affiliated organizations such as churches and schools demonstrated negligence in failing to protect Scouts. Lawyers Tim Kosnoff and Dan Fasy now represent more than 100 people nationwide who are suing the Boy Scouts.
"The details are tragic," Fasy said in a statement. "This is a failure on a grand scheme that went on for too long and has affected many, many lives negatively."
A spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America declined comment on the case but says the organization deeply regrets that there have been times when Scouts were abused.
"Any instance of child victimization or abuse is intolerable and unacceptable," spokesman Deron Smith said.