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Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Boy Scouts Postponed

Boy Scouts emblemST. PAUL (AP) – The trial of a sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America in Minnesota has been postponed.

Court officials say Ramsey County District Judge Elena Ostby was not available Monday, when the trial was due to begin. The trial will be rescheduled later.

The lawsuit by a former Scout identified only as John Doe 180 targets the national Scouting organization, the local Northern Star Council and a Burnsville church that sponsored his troop. It also names his former scoutmaster, Peter Stibal II, who is serving 21 years in prison for molesting four Scouts.

Earlier this year, the judge ordered the Scouts to give the plaintiffs internal files on adult volunteers suspected of abuse. They cover 1999-2008, more recent than similar files made public in an Oregon case last year.

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