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Perpetrator: Powell, James - Non Mormon
Troop & Location: Ore-Ida Council 106 - Troop 1
Years in BSA: Put in IV Files in 1980, Scouting from 1976-1980


Convicted of lewd conduct with adolescent in 1977, had since served as scoutmaster, but was denied registration in 1980

Timeline for James Louis Powell:

Born 3/1940  (SSN Issued in Idaho) Born in Boise.
1960 Graduated from Borah High School.  (Obituary.)
1962-1968 U.S. Army.  Worked in Youth Activities.  (Obituary.)
1968 Returned to Boise.  Worked for Henkels & McCoy and lived in many locations throughout the United States.  (Obituary.)
Lifetime Member in several organizations including Big Brothers, Idaho Foster Care and Boy Scouts of America.  (Obituary.)
1977 Powell arrested and charged with Lewd and Lascivious Conduct With a Child Under Sixteen (abused child in Big Brother program.)  Pled guilty to Aggravated Battery.  (Ada County Court Records and I.V. File.)
February 4, 1980 Released from Probation after fulfilling the requirement to “…refrain from youth related activities except as recommended by Dr. Estess and Probation Officer to the Court…”  (Court Records.)
May 13, 1980 Letter from Rex Black to Director of Registration stating he has received information that Powell pleaded guilty to charges of lewd conduct with an adolescent at a court in 1977.  Letter also states, “He is not currently active as a leader in his troop but has applied for Scoutmaster of the 1981 Jamboree.”
June 12, 1980 Registered Letter sent to Powell suspending his BSA registration.
June 12, 1980 Letter from Rex Black to Paul Ernst setting forth more details about Powell’s criminal case.  Letter indicates Powell was Scoutmaster of Troop 1 in Meridian, attended the National Jamboree and the World Jamboree as Scoutmaster.
June 30, 1980 Powell showed up at Rex Black’s office and “chatted about his court case” and told Mr. Black it was a “computer error.”  Mr. Powell said he would “support Scouting but was dropping out of activity.”
July 3, 1980 Placed in I.V. Files.  Confidential Record Sheet indicates Powell was a Silver Beaver Recipient.
January 20, 2010 Powell’s date of death.
January 29, 2010 Funeral mass celebrated at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Boise.  See obituary and condolences.