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L.A. Now Live: Discuss Boy Scouts and alleged child molesters

September 17, 2012 |  8:23 am

Times investigative reporters Jason Felch and Kim Christensen will join L.A. Now Live to discuss his report on the Boy Scouts of America, which failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from parents and the public.

The live chat is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday.

Felch and Christensen reviewed 1,600 confidential files dating from 1970 to 1991 and found that Scouting officials frequently urged admitted offenders to quietly resign — and helped many cover their tracks.

Volunteers and employees suspected of abuse were allowed to leave citing bogus reasons such as business demands, "chronic brain dysfunction" and duties at a Shakespeare festival.

The details are contained in the organization's confidential "perversion files," a blacklist of alleged molesters, that the Scouts have used internally since 1919. Scouts' lawyers around the country have been fighting in court to keep the files from public view.