POSTED: 2:03 p.m. HST, Oct 18, 2012
At least three adults working or volunteering for the Boy Scouts in Hawaii resigned in the 1970s and 80s because they were suspected of improprieties involving children, according to documents released today.
The three included a former assistant district director of the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a Scout master and a Scout assistant, according to the documents, which were released by the Los Angeles Times.
The newspaper obtained two decades of national files submitted as evidence in a court case and summaries from cases between 1947 and 2005. The records revealed that thousands of men across the country were expelled from the organization because they were suspected of molesting children.
In Hawaii, the assistant director, Dale Edmund Wilson, resigned in 1971 after he was arrested for indecent exposure, larceny and other charges, according to the documents.
Edward P. Dunham, a Scout master, was removed from that position for a Wheeler Air Force Base troop in August 1982 because of improprieties, according to an Air Force document in the files. A Scout document indicated that Dunham was not formally charged but there was strong evidence indicating that he may have been involved with child molestation.
In the third case, Gary L. Strain was suspended as a Scout assistant or denied registration because of police charges involving child sex abuse, the documents show.
While those three were the only named individuals involved with Hawaii Scouts in the Times documents, the newspaper’s database referred to more than a dozen other Hawaii cases but had no details for those.
The Star-Advertiser could not immediately reach the three for comment.