On October 18, 2012, Kelly Clark, an Oregon attorney, released an online database of the names of over 1200 Scout volunteers accused of sexual abuse between the years of 1965 and 1985. The list was referred to by the Scouts as the “Ineligible Volunteer Files” or “Perversion Files.”
In the October 19, 2012, article by Maureen O’Hagan, Seattle Times staff reporter, entitled “Files on alleged Boy Scout sex abusers go public,” it was reported that the Boy Scouts said in a prepared statement that “the list was a way to keep Scouts safe.” According to the article, the Scout organization has improved its rules and policies regarding Scouts and volunteers, and now requires mandatory reporting of suspected abuse, and criminal background checks. The Scouts extend their deepest and sincere apologies to victims and their families.
The released list of “alleged sex abusers” from across the country contains name, date accused, troop and a brief description. The list was compiled mostly through the litigation process and was an exhibit in a recent court case. It was made public after a long court battle between the Scouts and a victim.
In addition to the Scout list, there is a National Sex Offender Registry provided by the U.S. Department of Justice which can be searched by name. Public access to this registry is offered free of charge and includes all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Washington D.C., and various tribes.
Many states also offer searchable registered sex offender websites. The District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department provides a searchable list of Class A and Class B registered sex offenders. The Massachusetts registered Level 3 sex offender website can be searched by name, county, city or zip code. The New Hampshire sex offender registry can also be searched by name, address, county, city or zip code. The results include name, picture, physical description, offense and criminal history. Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs provide an offender search through a GIS map of the state including an email alert register.
There are many other websites that can be searched in order to identify registered sex offenders in your area. Our “Sex Offender Records Resources” website provides links for state, county or city sex offender records. Other crime related public records are available through our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website including crimes and crime data, jail and inmate records, warrants, and more including a list of other available general public records.