KING COUNTY, WASH. -- So-called "perversion files" -- pages and pages of documentation on suspected child molesters within their ranks-- have been long-kept by the Boy Scouts of America.
"You know, there's nothing else like it anywhere in the U.S." said Attorney Mike Pfau.
Seattle attorney Mike Pfau knows the files well and the faces inside them. One such face is assistant scoutmaster Charles Grewe, who was finally blacklisted from the boy scouts in 1988, after being convicted of sex crimes against several children.
Pfau said the plaintiff in a lawsuit he filed on Wednesday morning in King County was just one of the victims, and alleges Grewe "often fondled his client, over his clothing." Pfau said on one occasion Grewe raped his client, then told him "to keep his mouth shut" about what happened because nobody would believe him.
"It's important now in their lives to take a stand, speak out, and let the scouts know this happened and its not okay," Pfau said.
Pfau is now handling not just one case involving the boy scouts, but several. Another, also set to be filed on Wednesday, involves a man who served as Health Officer at a Mount Vernon Boy Scout Camp back in 1980.
The health officer is accused of forcing a young boy to get completely naked at the camp infirmary, and then sexually abusing him.
"His abuser, the health director, was booted out of scouting in 1965 in Iowa for molesting children. And then he resurfaces 20 years later in the Seattle area," Pfau said.
And with some 30 years of documented abuse still to go through, it's a good bet that more lawsuits are on the way.
Both of the victims in these cases are now in their early 40s. They're asking for damages in an amount to be proven at trial, for the physical and emotional suffering they claim to have endured as a result of this alleged abuse.
This lawsuit appears to be just the latest blow to the Boy Scouts of America, currently under fire nationwide for its handling of the perversion files.