Ramsey County Official Sues Boy Scouts For Alleged Sex Abuse
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A St. Paul man is suing the Boy Scouts of America, claiming his scoutmaster repeatedly sexually abused him when he was between 12 and 16.
Jim McDonough's lawsuit alleges the abuse happened between 1967 and 1971 at the hands of Leland "Lee" Opalinski, who died last year. The lawsuit announced Tuesday names the Boy Scouts and its Northern Star Council as defendants.
The Associated Press does not routinely name alleged victims of sexual abuse, but McDonough chose to come forward.
Public files show Opalinski pleaded guilty in 1971 to "indecent liberties" with a 14-year-old boy.
Northern Star Council Kent York says the organization learned of allegations against Opalinski that year, and immediately removed him from the organization. He says the organization has taken multiple steps to prevent child abuse.