Thursday, December 20, 2012
LDS Church Sued Along With Scouts In Suit Over Abuse By Scoutmaster
The Legal Intelligencer reports that last week, in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia (PA), a 28-year old man filed suit against the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for damages because of sexual abuse plaintiff suffered at the hands of scout leader Vance Hein in 1998- 1999. The suit, filed Dec. 12, alleges that the LDS Church "jointly operated and/or controlled" the troop along with the Boy Scouts. Hein, who is currently in prison, was also a church youth leader. Plaintiff's lawyers plan to depose LDS Church leaders to determine their role in keeping Hein on as a scout leader.