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scout drawingYesterday, Crew Janci LLP filed a new child sexual abuse lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America in Minnesota.  We are proud to be representing the victim in this case — John Doe 153 — who suffered severe and repeated abuse by his Scoutmaster (Leland Opalinksi).

This case also highlights the ongoing problem of child pornography and sexual exploitation by pedophile Scout Leaders.

Here is some of the media coverage of this most recent case filed by Crew Janci LLP and our Minnesota co-counsel, Patrick Noaker:




“Minnesota’s Child Victim Act allows victims of child sexual abuse in Scouting to seek justice, truth and change now — no matter how long ago the violations happened.”

Minnesota has an extensive history of child sexual abuse in Scouting.  The Boy Scouts kept secret files on allegations of sexual abuse in cub packs and scout troops from all parts of Minnesota, including:

Apple Valley Floyd Fenten Pietz
Bloomington Dale Lawrence Astleford
Chisholm Mark Lewis Tancabel
Eagan Robert H. GIlbert
Fairvault Lawrence M. Atkins
International Falls Bernard J. Permar
Maplewood Gerhard Voll
Minneapolis Michael Stachowski
Minneapolis Gary Frederick Rolloff
Minneapolis Irving W. Beck, Jr.
Minneapolis Malcolm Willis McConahy
Minneapolis James W. Bartlett
Minneapolis Martin Ronald Koski
Minneapolis James William Froehlig
Moorhead Walter Kise
Mounds View Paul E. Levang
Rochester Richard Hokanson
Saint Paul Leland (Lee) Opalinski
St Paul Richard Fred Swendiman
St Paul Donald Leonard Keys
St. Louis Park Robert Martin Peterson
St. Paul Roger Novak
St. Paul David Jerome Beardsley

You can view these secret files here.

There are also publicly-revealed records that indicate that there are 47 other Minnesota Perversion Files kept by the Boy Scouts of America that have not been released to the public.  These include secret files from the following Minnesota communities:

Apple Valley
Blue Earth
Coon Rapids
Elton Hills
Fergu Falls
Forest Lake
New Ulm
Sauk Centre
Sleepy Eye
St. Cloud
St. Louis Park
St. Paul
West St. Paul

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse in Scouting, there is still time to do something about it.  Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation to learn about your options.  Call us toll free at 1-888-407-0224 or use our confidential online form.   We will treat you with dignity and hold what you share with us strictly confidential.

You are not alone.  We are here to help.  Now is the time.

Peter Janci

Peter has represented more than one hundred victims of sexual abuse over nearly a decade. In Spring of 2010, Peter Janci served as part of the Plaintiff’s trial team in Kerry Lewis v. Boy Scouts of America — a child sexual abuse trial in Portland, Oregon that resulted in a $19.9 million verdict for the Plaintiff. Peter has tried a number of jury and bench trials, in addition to representing clients at arbitration and meditation. Peter has also helped obtain dozens of other significant settlements for other survivors of sexual abuse.