Secret Boy Scout records released in an Oregon court case name two former scouting leaders in Georgia who got convicted of crimes involving children.
WSB-TV reports that Michael Barrett has been in prison since 2010, when he pleaded guilty to aggravated child molestation in an unrelated case in Cobb County.
"It's crazy. It's such an atrocious thing," said Dylan Wattecamps, who lives next door to the Smyrna home where Barnett admitted he performed sex acts on three teenage boys for more than two years.
Newly unsealed Boy Scout records show that in 1973 he was a 21-year-old scouting leader when he was accused of luring three teenagers from a Scout reservation to a motel in Newton County, where sheriff's deputies found him in bed with one of the teenagers. He pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and spent 12 month in jail.
Cobb County prosecutor Maurice Brown said Barrett also spent four years in prison in the 1980s for child sex offenses.
The records show 72-year-old Thomas Hodges resigned as a scoutmaster in Winder in 1963 following a complaint from the father of a Cub Scout.
An internal memo by a scouting executive says: "I had a call from an irate father of a Cub Scout advising me that his son had told him of certain homosexual activities engaged in with him by Hodges." The memo added that the executive asked the father to find out from his son if other boys were involved and that the dad said two other fathers were ready to testify.
The memo said Hodges met with scouting leaders, "admitted his guilt and immediately resigned without fuss or fanfare." None of the documents indicate law enforcement got notified.
WSB-TV found that Hodges was convicted of child molestation in 1992 and served 14 years in prison.
Contacted at his apartment near Chatsworth, Ga., Hodges said, "I really don't want to discuss it."
The Atlanta station reported that two other Georgia men named in the documents are now deceased.
The names were in 14,500 pages of secret "perversion files" released Thursday by order of the Oregon Supreme Court. The Scouts kept the records to keep those accused of molestation from becoming scoutmasters or volunteering again.
In 2010, the Boy Scouts adopted a policy requiring scoutmasters and volunteers to report any molestation or abuse allegations to law enforcement.