Crime

Boy Scout Files Show Long History of Sex Abuse

Twenty years worth of incidents documented

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A popular Colorado Boy Scout leader named Floyd Slusher allegedly had a strategy when it came to molesting boys: He first plied his victims with alcohol, then abused them and threatened to kill anyone who talked.

On one occasion in 1976, according to police, Slusher told a Scout as he undressed the child that "what I'm going to do now, if I get arrested, after I get out of jail, I'll come after you and your family."

It wasn't the first time that he had been accused of abusing a Scout—an investigator later concluded there were too many victims to interview—nor was it the first time that Boy Scouts of America leaders had been told about the alleged assaults.