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New molestation allegations surface against former Boy Scouts leader

By April 11, 2017 No Comments

Fleming WeaverArticle from Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Decades-old allegations of sexual abuse have surfaced against a former Gainesville scoutmaster who has already confessed to molesting at least five boys, court documents reveal.

Fleming Weaver, now 83, is being sued by a former Boy Scout who claims the onetime scoutmaster and public relations executive raped him.

A 2016 investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution uncovered the secret life of Weaver, who, in 1982, was forced to resign as leader of Troop 26, sponsored by Gainesville’s First Baptist Church, after the father of one of his victims reported the abuse to the church’s pastor at the time, Steve Brown. The accusations were kept quiet, however, and Weaver continued his involvement with the Scouts, working with the Order of the Arrow where, in 1985, he allegedly raped a Gainesville teen-ager, Robb Lawson.

Weaver, the Boy Scouts, First Baptist, Brown and the estate of Gene Bobo, a former church member and Scout executive, are named in Lawson’s suit.

The Boy Scouts have resisted efforts by Lawson’s attorneys to produce Weaver’s volunteer file but acknowledged, in response to the plaintiff’s request, that it has “since acquired knowledge that Weaver had been accused of sexually abusing Scouts from other troops from a time period prior to his appointment as Troop 26 Scout Leader” in 1969.


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Andria Seo

About Andria Seo

Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York