by Veronica Miracle
LEWISTON, ID – We first told you about a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America back in June involving a former Lewiston boy scout who claims his scout leader molested him.
Monday, Veronica Miracle spoke to the man who is now finally comfortable telling his story about his abuse.
Starting in 1972 this man,who is choosing to remain anonymous, said his boy scout leader molested him.
“He shows me a gun and says ‘If things were to be said I have this gun and things will happen,” said anonymous man.
The 54-year-old former Lewiston resident said the now deceased Lawrence Libey started molesting him when he was twelve, and it went on for years even after he left Troop176.
“At one point I was forced to have sex with another boy,” said anonymous man. “So I have no doubt that he was doing other victims and I have no doubt that there are other victims out there.”
Libey was eventually arrested for molesting other victims. But this man’s abuse was never known until now. He and three other Idahoans are suing the Boy Scouts of America, a group they said facilitated the behavior of child molesters like Libey.
“They took my childhood away,” said anonymous man. “Boy Scouts should have been a positive experience where I gain. I would’ve been an Eagle Scout and I’m learning all these things to learn how to be a man but that wasn’t the case.”
In 2010, the Oregon State Supreme Court ordered the “Perversion files” be made public. Those files were documents sealing the identities of former troop leaders found to be perpetrators.
“I called the lawyers in Portland and said is Lawrence Libey on this list? And they said no,” said anonymous man. “And I said he needs to be. And that’s when I started talking about it. Before that I just thought that I would hold a deep, dark secret for the rest of my life.”
Since the release of those names, the BSA has developed the ‘Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse’ as listed on their website. It gives different policies scout leaders and troop members must follow to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone.
“It’s gotta be stopped,” said anonymous man. “There’s got to be someway to prevent this from happening in the future.”
Something this man and others hope will get accomplished by their lawsuit here in Idaho. We reached out to the local and state Boy Scouts of America offices but weren’t able to get in touch with anyone.