A New York-based law firm has released the names of New Jersey Boy Scout leaders accused of sexually abusing juvenile members in what is being called the "Perversion Files."
The Boy Scouts of America named the men to "Ineligible Volunteer Files" in 2012. The case is being revisited by Jeff Anderson & Associates, looking publicize the events and push for better legislation for victims.
The original files named more than 7,000 alleged child sex abusers in the U.S., many of whom are also priests, the firm said.
Attorneys named 130 former scout leaders accused of child sex abuse at press conference held Tuesday in an effort to shed light on the cases.
Below are the trooper leaders from North Jersey named in the "Perversion Files."
- Bergenfield Albert Bischoff Troop 180
- Cedar Grove Arnold Edward Codispoti Troop 65
- Cedar Grove Gregory Flemming Troop 65
- Cranford Eugene J. Winters (Coppalla, Moffitt) Troop 177
- Denville William N. Cramer District 8604
- East Orange Alexander John Gooding Troop 6
- East Orange Paul Kenneth Stokes Troop 114
- Elizabeth Brian Hughes (Jerry Esposito, Paul Page, Paul Esposito, Brian Reed, Gerald Paul Esposito) Troop 25
- Emerson Robert J. Coakley Troop 337, Explorer 337
- Glen Rock John Deneke Troop 27
- Lincoln Park Roy A. Franklin Troop 70
- Maplewood Steven Michael Ripley Troop 2
- Newark Pasquale J. Bartiromo Troop 62
- Newark Arnold Edward Codispoti Explorer 654
- Newark Richard M. Galdon Troop 18, Troop 35
- Newark Peter Kistner Pack 529
- Nutley Michael J. Abidiwan Troop 147
- Nutley John Sileo Troop 159, Pack 145
- Old Tappan Anthony J. Martginetti Troop 132
- Paramus James E. Cooper Troop 350
- Teaneck Robert J. Jacoby Troop 205
- Wyckoff John Brewer Explorer 189
The firm is pushing for legislation -- currently on the desk of Gov. Murphy -- that would give victims two years for survivors to come forward and bring a legal civil action against offender and institution that enabled it, Jeff Anderson said at the conference. If the person misses the two year window, they would have until age 55, officials said.
Boy Scouts of America issued the following statement:
"We care deeply about all victims of child abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. We believe victims, we support them, and we have paid for unlimited counseling by a provider of their choice.
"Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in Scouting and we are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children."
The organization maintained youth protection policies were enhanced to prevent future abuse and a volunteer screening database was utilized since the 1920s.
"At no time have we ever knowingly allowed a perpetrator to work with youth, and we mandate that all leaders, volunteers and staff members nationwide immediately report any abuse allegation to law enforcement," BSA said.
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