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Boy Scouts of America sex abuse files released

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Boys Scouts of America paraphernalia, including a uniform, patches and a handbook, are seen in this undated file photo.

Boys Scouts of America paraphernalia, including a uniform, patches and a handbook, are seen in this undated file photo. (KABC Photo)

The Los Angeles Times posted 12,000 secret reports of sex crimes within the Boy Scouts of America organization on their website Tuesday.

The reports were compiled by the Boy Scouts and detail suspected sexual abuse by scoutmasters, volunteers and employees.

The newspaper got the records under a court order and posted 3,200 separate sex abuse complaints, dating back to 1947.

The newspaper has blacked out the names of the victims.

Since several reports of sex abuse have surfaced over the years, the youth organization says they've conducted criminal background checks on all volunteers involved in the scouting programs.

The Boy Scouts of America made public more than 14,000 pages of confidential reports on men in the organization suspected of child sex abuse on Oct. 18.

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