Pennsylvania Boy Scout Leader Admits to Sexually Abusing Scouts for Nearly a Decade – State Revelations Highlight National Problem

Former Pennsylvania Boy Scout Leader, Stephen Piller, admitted Wednesday to sexually assaulting three minor Boy Scouts over the course of several years.

In an article published by The Associated Press, authorities reveal the 51-year-old man abused the scouts, both “at Piller’s home and at Camp Trexler, a Boy Scout facility in Monroe County [Pennsylvania].”  Piller, who served as the Order of the Arrow chapter adviser for the Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, continued his chain of abuse for nearly a decade.

Penn Law works with clients seeking justice against institutions and organizations that choose to harbor those accused of sexual misconduct, rather than protecting the children entrusted to their care. For example, we have represented clients on similar cases, including filings against the Darlington School in Rome, Ga, the Northeast Georgia Boy Scout Council, and two Athens, Georgia churches.

In Pennsylvania, Georgia, and nationally, child sex abuse scandals continue to dominate the headlines. This particular case comes on the heels of a recent Pennsylvania grand jury report which uncovered internal documents from six dioceses in Pennsylvania revealing more than 300 “predator priests” accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims.

Pennsylvania law, like the law in many other states, including Georgia, continues to hinder victims from seeking justice. These states often require victims to file suit at a very young age, allow little time for discovery, and prohibit criminal charges from being filed past a certain point. However, since the conviction of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, many have pushed for new legislation aimed at protecting victims from abusers and the organizations that harbor them.

During Georgia’s 2018 Legislative Session, The Hidden Predator Act sought to answer the public outcry by increasing protections for these victims.  However, in addition to openly opposing the proposed legislation, the Boy Scouts lobbied heavily to gut the bill’s protections. An effort upon which they were ultimately successful.  Instead of spending money to prevent known abusers from harming our children, the Boy Scouts organization continues to avoid responsibility for their decades of systematic cover-up.

http://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-catasauqua-minsi-trial-boy-scout-leader-sex-abuse-hearing-20180724-story.html

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-pol-boy-scout-stephen-piller-sexual-assault-hearing-20171213-story.html

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/08/former_boy_scout_leader_admits.html

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/08/16/pennsylvania-child-sex-abuse-catholic-church-closing-argument-cuomo-cpt-vpx.cnn

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