Three new lawsuits have been filed in King County accusing Boy Scout leaders of sexual abuse and the organization of allowing it to continue.
Dale Becker is one of the former Scouts suing the Boy Scouts of America. He tells KIRO 7 he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by former Scoutmaster James Sauget. "I was terrified of this guy and he was molesting me. Did it screw up my life? Yeah," said Becker.
According to Becker and another plaintiff, the Boy Scouts "ignored warning signs and complaints about Sauget's abusive behavior."
From 1961 to 1990, the Boy Scouts of America kept a so-called "Ineligible Volunteer" file. The file contains 52 Scout leaders from Washington State who have been accused of sexual abuse.
"They probably had the largest pedofile library in the world -- thousands of scoutmasters who perpetrated crimes against children," Seattle attorney Mike Pfau said. "At least half the cases we are involved in involved abuse that wasn't in the Boy Scout files.
"The real number will never be known because the Boy Scouts have destroyed older files."
The abuse of Boy Scouts spanned Washington State and involved leaders from numerous councils.
"It's an endemic problem in the state of Washington," said Pfau.
Tom Stewart said he and his brother were sexually abused by assistant Scoutmaster at Camp Kilworth in Federal Way.
"He was always armed. He always had a gun on him, and he said he would kill us and our parents if we ever told anybody," Stewart told KIRO 7 in 2012.
Parents and children say they were not warned about pedophiles in the Boy Scouts. Dale Becker's mother, Barbara, told KIRO 7, "You sent your kid to the Scouts thinking they were safe and getting a good education. These are your children and you weren't able to protect them when you should have been."
A 1972 confidential memo from a Boy Scout executive advises how to deal with volunteers unfit to work with boys. The executive advises that the memo should not be shared, "beyond the top management of your council."
Plaintiffs who filed the latest lawsuits are asking for damages in an amount to be proven at the time of trial.
"The Scouts still have not acknowledged truly how many abusive Scoutmasters or volunteers there were in Washington or anyplace in the country. I do think, though, that there is a day of reckoning that is coming for the Boy Scouts of America," Pfau said.
With mounting lawsuits and declining membership, there are reports the Boy Scouts of America is on the verge of declaring bankruptcy. The head of the organization said they are exploring "all options" as the organization tries to stay afloat.
On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America sent the following statement through a public relations representative.
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