In many, if not most cases, the LDS Church also failed to disclose what it knew about the potential for sexual abuse to the prospective young Scout and his parents.
Each troop has a sponsoring organization, and for virtually every troop in southern Idaho, the sponsoring organization is the local ward of the Mormon Church. A boy is and was often required as part of his Church membership to join the ward’s Boy Scout Troop. A ward is presided over by a BISHOP, and one of the matters in the bishop’s scope of responsibilities is selecting and supervising Scout leaders. The bishop actually “calls” men to serve as Scout leaders, making the final decision as to who is to be “called.” In some instances, parents of boys who had been abused by a Scout leader informed their bishop or other Church official who failed to do anything for years. Finally as a matter of logic, it is difficult to believe that the Church could remain oblivious of 15 different child molesters and not believe there was a serious problem with child abuse in its sponsored troops.