Attorney: Dozens reaching out after Boy Scout volunteers accused of sex abuse

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Friday, the Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts released the names of 23 volunteers accused of sexual abuse, dating back to 1960.

Most were based in Austin, and it’s not clear whether the victims were scouts in every case.

The most recent local case was from 2014. A camp counselor was arrested for hiding a camera in a men’s shower.

Bastrop County court records show Cory Cason was sentenced to two years’ probation.

Here is the full list of names, and the year of their arrest. Unless otherwise noted, they lived in Austin:

Kenneth W. James – 1979
Billy Ray McMillian (Smithville) – 1986
Frank H. Morris – 1986
Robert M. Kelley, Jr. – 1988
James W. Jackson – 1988
Mike J. Dugan – 1988
John Charles Herberg – 1989
Alexander Dalton – 1989
Jason Meyer – 1989
Rankin Conwill – 1989
Clifford Bendler (Marble Falls) – 1990
Robert G. Chevalier – 1992
Stanley Wilson Washington – 1992
John Rayburn – 1992
Charles W. Smith – 1994
Joe Padron – 2003
Michael John Marks – 2003
Arnold M. Comer, Jr. – 2004
Bub W. Wilson – 2006
Martin E. Turner – 2006
David Kyle Hawkins – 2010
Allen Orsag – 2013
Cory Cason – 2014

Local Boy Scout Spokesman Charles Mead says they were all removed from scouting and placed in the Boy Scouts’ “Ineligible Volunteer” file following their arrest.

“We feel there is no one who is above reproach when it comes to working with the children in our program,” said Mead.

Attorney Jeff Anderson released testimony this week that said 7,819 former leaders were involved in sexually abusing children nationwide for decades. The testimony also said 12,254 victims were identified. 

Those numbers had never been known to the public before, according to a spokesperson with Jeff Anderson & Associates.

“We feel it’s a public imperative to release this information and urge the Boy Scouts to release the almost 3,000 files that are still held secret so that communities can be notified if they have a sexual predator amongst them,” spokesperson Stacey Benson wrote in an email. “The true magnitude of sexual abuse in scouting has yet to be known and this is one way survivors can get some sort of accountability.”

But Mead says abuse cases within the organization are down, locally and nationally.

He tells KXAN it’s because of stronger criminal background and reference checks implemented a decade ago.

Once a year when people would register with the Boy Scouts, according to the testimony, 17 people would gather in a room to verify that no one applying was on that list of “ineligible volunteers.”

Mead also says as part of BSA’s Youth Protection Guidelines, one scout is prohibited from being left alone with just one adult.

“We can never rest, looking at our youth protection guidelines,” said Mead. “And making sure that if there’s anything that we can do to make our program that much safer, that we’re doing it.”

Since the release of the testimony, the attorney’s office has heard from dozens of people, survivors included, who are coming forward and providing information on other perpetrators who may not have been publicly known in the past, Benson said.

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