Suit: Boy Scouts failed to protect boy from pedophile

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A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court accuses the Boy Scouts of failing to protect a Chicago-area scout from a known pedophile.

The suit names the Boy Scouts of America and the Chicago Area Council.

It says the plaintiff was molested in 1985 when he was 10-years-old by a scoutmaster who was a convicted pedophile and had already been banned from scouting in Indiana.

That man, Thomas Hacker, is now serving a 100-year prison sentence in Illinois.

The lawsuit alleges the Boy Scouts were aware of Hacker’s arrest in Indiana as early as 1970, but because of inadequate screening he continued molesting boys for another two decades.

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