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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A $25 million lawsuit against the Mormon church and the Boy Scouts alleges that child sex abuse has been widespread since the 1960s and little was done to prevent it.

Six men now in their 40s allege in their suit that the church and the Scouts "knew that assignments were being used by pedophiles to victimize children." Their attorney, Kelly Clark, calls it an "infestation of child abuse, stretching across the country, involving hundreds of predators and thousands of children." But an attorney for the Mormon church says only one individual was accused of abuse in the complaint the same man as in a previous lawsuit.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.)