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Boy Scouts, church leaders accused of covering up admitted boy rapist for decades

WSB TV 2 News In Georgia reports:

HALL COUNTY, Ga. - Court documents reveal evidence that church and Boy Scout leaders knew about a sexual abuser and not only allowed him to continue working, but also promoted him.

Fleming Weaver would go on to meet victims who eventually came forward with rape accusations last year.

This is a case that spans several decades in Hall County. It's a case that accuses the Boy Scouts, a Gainesville church and its leaders of lying to keep a horrific secret.

Documents obtained by Channel 2 Action News include a file that Boy Scouts handed over just last week after a two-year court fight.

"We know now why they didn't want it (the file) turned over," attorney Esther Panitch said.

The file details a three-decade journey with Troop 26, admitted sexual abuse and an admission that leaders knew about molestation, kept silent and even promoted the abuser.

"It appears from that file that they all conspired to keep quiet to protect a pedophile and his family and their own reputations and their bottom line," Panitch said.

While the criminal details came to light in the 90s, after Georgia's statute of limitations expired, a 2016 civil suit against the Boy Scouts Georgia Northeast Council, First Church of Gainesville and leaders still has a day in court.

Hat Tip to Free Republic