'Perversion files' name 4 ex-Scout leaders in RI
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The newly released Boy Scouts "perversion files" name four former Scout officials in Rhode Island, including one expelled in the 1970s after being accused of forcing a boy to perform a sex act.
The files show William Lazzareschi was expelled from his Providence troop in 1971 after a Scout leader said he saw a 12-year-old performing oral sex on him at Yawgoog (YAW'-goo) Scout Reservation. It appears authorities weren't notified. The files indicate a Scout chaplain recommended the boy's parents not be told.
Lazzareschi pleaded no contest in 1997 to second-degree sexual assault and in 2005 to possession of child pornography. A current telephone listing couldn't be found for Lazzareschi.
The head of the Boy Scouts' Narragansett Council called even a single case of abuse unacceptable but said there are now rigorous policies to protect Scouts.