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Boy Scout "perversion files" released

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    Police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children.
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Amarillo, Texas - After Boy Scouts of America release thousands of pages of "perversion files," we looked into the safety measures to be involved in scouting in the panhandle.

Boy Scouts of America say they are continually enhancing their security process to make sure there's nobody working with kids that shouldn't be.

All adult leaders have to complete youth protection training within 30 days of volunteering.

The children are also given books to take home and review with their parents about safety measures and what is appropriate behavior.

Scout Executive Andy Price says, "we have a multi tiered background check process that we call youth protection guidelines to help ensure safety of children. It starts with the local scout parents, the local scout volunteers, and the local charter partner... The organization that sponsors that unit. They review the application of that person who wants to volunteer to be a leader in scouting to make sure that person meets the standards they have."

He says the information then comes to their local scouting office where they conduct a criminal background check.

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