Connecticut jury awards $7M in Boy Scouts abuse case
Dozens of civil lawsuits are pending against the Boy Scouts of America across the country. But now a Connecticut case has resulted in a $7 million verdict against the Boy Scouts. It’s believed to be the largest compensatory damages verdict against the organization and the first Boy Scout case to go to a jury verdict in the Northeast.
A Waterbury jury awarded $7 million to a former Connecticut scout who claims he was sexually abused by his troop leader and an older scout in the mid-1970s. The jury found the Boy Scouts of America, based in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas, liable for compensatory damages as well as for punitive damages for recklessness; the punitive damages will be determined at a later time by the judge.
The plaintiff’s lawyers claimed the Boy Scouts of America knew for decades before the 1970s that child sexual abuse was widespread in troop activities across the country but did nothing to educate parents, troop leaders or scouts. In this case, the plaintiff said that, among other things, the sexual abuse led to long-running substance abuse problems.