Mormons, Boy Scouts Sued over Sexual Child Abuse

Mormons, Boy Scouts Sued over Sexual Child Abuse

Two brothers who claim to have been the victim of sexual child abuse by a Mormon “home teacher” have filed a $6.5 million lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The boys’ names were not disclosed, but they were born in 1972 and 1973. The alleged abuse occurred in the mid-1980s.

The Lawsuit

According to the lawsuit, Dykes “groomed” the victims “to comply with Dykes’ direction, and to respect Dykes as a person of authority in spiritual, moral, and ethical matters.”

The lawsuit claims the church and the Boy Scouts could have acted to prevent their representative – alleged abuser Timur Dykes – from abusing the children.

It also claims that LDS church failed to report the earlier child abuse of the third brother, which could have led to the discovery of other of Dykes’ victims, and maybe his arrest.

Dykes’ Past

The attorney for the two brothers, Kelly Clark, showed a list recounting Dykes’ previous arrests. He had been convicted in 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, and 1994. In 1994, Dykes was convicted on multiple accounts of sexual abuse and sodomy. He is currently on probation, which will last until 2013.

Dykes is also known as Timur Van Dykes, and is registered as a predatory sex offender on the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice Web site. The site says he “gains access to victims through positions of trust (Boy Scouts, church membership, befriending single mothers); targets vulnerable boys and families; has used intimidation and threats to maintain victim compliance.”

According to Clark, the boys’ stepmother said church officials asked her not to report to police the sex abuse allegations involving the third brother.

“It was foreseeable at the time to LDS defendants – and they knew or should have known – that pedophiles or pedophilic predators most often engage in serial abuse of minors under their care,” and that “there are most likely numerous additional victims that have either not been discovered or who remain silent about the abuse,” said the lawsuit.

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