The chief executive of the Canadian scouting organization resigned unexpectedly over the weekend, citing “philosophical differences” with the board of trustees over the future of the volunteer youth organization, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.
Janet Yale said in a statement that her departure was not connected with a recent CBC News investigation into the organization’s handling of sexual abuse cases over the years.
In October, the CBC and L.A. Times published a joint investigation that found both the Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada, its independent counterpart, had failed to stop a sexual predator from molesting more than a dozen children and at times helped to cover the pedophile’s tracks.
In response to that story, Yale denied the organization kept records about suspected abuse. But after the CBC published a copy of a form used by the organization in the 1980s, Scouts Canada clarified that it did maintain a confidential record of suspected or terminated scouting leaders.
Another story reported Scouts Canada had settled more than a dozen abuse cases confidentially, keeping the cases from public view with confidentiality agreements.
-- Jason Felch reporting from Los Angeles
Photo: Richard Turley molested children in Canada and the U.S. for nearly two decades. Credit: CBC News' "The Fifth Estate"