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Sexual abuse lawsuit filed against Boy Scouts of America

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who was sexually abused more than a decade ago by a counselor at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego County sued the Boy Scouts and his abuser, claiming the counselor was not properly supervised.

The lawsuit filed Friday names the Boy Scouts of America and the perpetrator, Glenn Jordan, as defendants.

Jordan, now 46, was charged in 2000 with child abuse related to seven victims, including the plaintiff, who is now 29. He was convicted of multiple sexual assault counts in 2001 and sentenced to 14 years in prison, of which he served seven.

Jordan's last known address was in Perris in Riverside County, according to the Megan's Law website.

According to the lawsuit, after the plaintiff joined the Boy Scouts, he attended Mataguay Scout Ranch in Santa Ysabel during the summer from 1998-2000. The Ranch operated weeklong sleep-away camps, where Jordan worked as a counselor.

Jordan took an interest in the plaintiff when the boy was 14, brought him to his house and invited him into a hot tub, where he fondled the victim, according to the complaint.

In October 1999, Jordan sodomized the boy five to 10 times and told him that he loved him, according to the complaint.

Jordan persuaded the boy to get into the camp hot tub naked with other minors, according to the complaint.

The teenager reported the abuse to his parents and police.

The case will be used to force the Boy Scouts to disclose a list, maintained by the Boy Scouts but kept from the public, known to contain the names of individuals within the organization who had been credibly accused of abusing a child, plaintiffs attorney John Manly said.

"Even today, they are keeping this `perversion file' secret," Manly said. "Had it been made public, countless youths would be protected from sexual predators."

The Boy Scouts of America issued a response through its director of public relations, Deron Smith.

"While we cannot comment on active litigation, the abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable, and we extend our deepest sympathies to anyone who may be a victim of this type of behavior," he said. "The Boy Scouts of America takes the protection of youth very seriously, which is why we have continuously enhanced our multi-tiered policies and procedures. The BSA's comprehensive youth protection program includes education, chartered organization leader selection procedures, criminal backgrounds and other checks, barriers to abuse and prompt mandatory reporting."

The plaintiff seeks unspecified damages.

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