On October 19, 48-year-old former Cub Scout leader Matthew Baker was arrested and charged with "deviate sexual intercourse" with a child aged 12 or under. According to police documents from that case, Baker sexually abused an 8-year-old victim at his home on October 13. Since these charges became public, several other potential victims have come forward with their own sexual abuse allegations against Baker.
On Tuesday, October 23, St. Charles County prosecutor Tim Lohmar announced additional sex abuse charges against Baker. The new charge was sexual abuse of a child based on an incident that allegedly occurred in September and was filed by a second victim who came forward after the first charges were filed. Two more potential victims have spoken with police.
Investigators are concerned that there could be many more victims because of Baker's close proximity to children as a Boy Scout leader. They have asked anyone who needs help talking to their children about abuse or who believes their child may be a victim to call (636)-332-5678.
Attorney contributor Reed Martens helps the survivors of child sexual abuse and other sexual crimes tell their stories and find justice. We have asked him to add some information on the legal options available to those who have been abused in the Boy Scouts of America:
For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America have been helping our young people develop useful skills that they can carry with them into adulthood. While most of the people involved with this organization are honorable mentors, the organization has had some problems with sexual abuse. In some cases, the organization has even been accused of failing to protect participants from abuse.
In one lawsuit filed by a former scout, a jury determined that the Boy Scouts of America had received many abuse complaints over a period of several decades, but failed to take appropriate action and even attempted to cover up records of abuse. An $18.5 million verdict was awarded to the victim in this case.
If you or someone you love has been sexually abused by someone in the Boy Scouts of America, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.