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New Boy Scouts Documentary Makes Its Scandalous Debut Exploring Decades of Sexual Abuse Cover-Ups

Making its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 9 at 6 PM and available for streaming on June 11, the new boy scouts documentary, “Leave No Trace”, explores the fall of the long-respected Boy Scouts of America organization. The revealing new trailer of this much-anticipated docufilm offers a peek inside the alleged century-long cover-up by the Boy Scouts of America that resulted in over 82,000 men coming forward with sexual abuse allegations against scoutmasters and other authority figures within the Boy Scouts, prompting bankruptcy filings and a record-breaking settlement that rocked the US court system to its core. After premiering at the TFF, Leave No Trace will then debut on Hulu and release theatrically in New York and L.A. on June 16.

The impactful film showcases that beneath the Boy Scouts’ wholesome exterior lies scandals and coverups in shocking proportions. Directed by Oscar nominee and Emmy Winner, Irene Taylor, executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and partnering with ABC News investigators, the 108-minute documentary traces the downfall of the not-so American institution following not only the sex abuse allegations but also the accusations that the organization, which had the support of American presidents, CEOs and community leaders since its founding in 1910, was aware of pedophiles in its ranks for generations and moved them from troop to troop without warning. 

The 2½-minute trailer includes clips of survivors attempting to cope with their trauma and how the trajectory of their lives was shaped by the abuse. Candidly and openly, they discuss what the organization’s principles taught them as young scouts and how the institution their parents trusted betrayed that very trust. One survivor narrates how the abuse began not even a week into him joining his troop, but “the night I got there. I just thought, ‘What is going on? Is this normal?’ “It got much worse from that.”

It also reveals survivor interviews and taped depositions with former organizational leadership that uncover how its executives allegedly put the Boy Scouts’ financial considerations and interests ahead of the safety of tens of thousands of school-aged boys.  

Attorney Adam Horowitz and his team of attorneys handle sexual abuse cases against the Boy Scouts of America at both the local and national levels in your state and nationwide. If you or someone you know was molested during their participation in the Boy Scouts, contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com  to discuss your options today.

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Central Florida Boy Scouts Executive Arrested on Sexual Battery and Child Molestation Charges

On January 15, 2022, Volusia County police officers arrested John Bruce Larsen, a Central Florida Boy Scouts district executive, for multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with minors. Larsen, age 52, was charged with two counts of sexual battery on a child less than 12 years of age, two counts of sexual battery on a child older than 12 but younger than 18, and four counts of lewd molestation for children under 12. 

According to media reports, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received multiple allegations that Larsen sexually abused at least three underage boys over an undetermined period of time. The mother of two of the victims told the detectives that one of her sons had been sexually abused by Larsen since he was 8 years old. Her other son also claims Larsen touched him inappropriately while visiting Larsen’s home. 

The third victim described encounters with Larsen to be uncomfortable and that he told Larsen to leave him alone, but he wouldn’t listen. As of now, there is no indication of their current ages or how long this was going on.

According to his LinkedIn profile, John Bruce Larsen served as a district executive for the Boy Scouts’ Central Florida chapter since 2018. It states that he was tasked with developing and implementing educational programs, including STEM. The arrest report said Larsen works with children daily and goes to schools to recruit children to join the boy scouts. Detectives believe that because of the role he held in the community, they believe there could be more victims.

The Boy Scouts of America said they are fully cooperating with law enforcement. Eric Magendatz, CEO of the Boy Scouts of America’s Central Florida Council, released a statement, “The actions alleged to have been committed by John Larsen are reprehensible and opposed to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Upon learning of these allegations and his arrest, we took immediate action to prohibit him from participation in Scouting.”

As of Friday afternoon, his name has been removed from the online BSA staff list of the Central Florida Council.

The Boy Scouts of America filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020 as a result of numerous lawsuits filed against it for sexual abuse of children by Scoutmasters and others. Attorney Adam Horowitz and his team of attorneys handle sexual abuse cases against the Boy Scouts of America at both the local and national levels in your state and nationwide.  If you or someone you know was molested during their participation in the Boy Scouts, contact Horowitz Law or call us toll-free at (888) 283-9922 now for a free consultation.

Horowitz Law is Now Investigating Cases Involving Alan Morris and the Boy Scouts

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In January 1987, Alan Richard Morris pleaded guilty in a Florida court to multiple counts of sexual misconduct involving four young boys.  Morris, an Assistant Scoutmaster and Webelos Den Leader with the Boy Scouts of America, often held “special” Boy Scout meetings at his home where he would show his Scouts pornography and teach them to masturbate.  Sometimes, Morris brought boys into a separate room to engage them in more serious sexual contact.

According to court documents, Morris was charged for incidents occurring between July 1985 and March 1986.  The victims identified in the charging documents ranged in age from 12 to 15.  They were all members of Boy Scout Troop 86, chartered by the First Baptist Church in Cape Coral.

Morris, a married father of five children at the time, told his victims that his wife would leave him or divorce him if she found out about the misconduct.  He swore them to secrecy by making them think that they would all get in trouble if anyone found out.

An arrest warrant was issued for Morris in the summer of 1986, but he fled to Maine before he could be arrested by Florida law enforcement.  He was eventually arrested in Maine and extradited back to Cape Coral to stand trial in August 1986.

According to the Boy Scouts’ secret Ineligible Volunteer (IV) file for Morris, he resided at 1618 Viscaya Parkway in Cape Coral at the time of the misconduct.  Morris’ IV file was one of many files that a Court ordered the Boy Scouts to produce in a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts for sexual abuse.

The Boy Scouts of America filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020 as a result of numerous lawsuits filed against it for sexual abuse of children by Scoutmasters and others.  Horowitz Law represents victims of Alan Morris and many other adult volunteers in the bankruptcy proceeding.  We can help you too, but you must contact us today to discuss your options.  Strict filing deadlines have now been set by the bankruptcy court and if you miss the deadlines, you may miss out on your very last chance to hold the Boy Scouts accountable for what happened to you.  Contact us now.

Attorney Adam Horowitz and his team of attorneys handle sexual abuse cases against the Boy Scouts of America at both the local and national level in your state and nationwide.  If you or someone you know was molested during their participation in the Boy Scouts, email Horowitz Law or call us toll-free at (888) 283-9922 now.  The Boy Scouts have filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  Strict filing deadlines have been set by the United States Bankruptcy Court.  Do not risk missing out on your very last chance to hold the Boy Scouts accountable for its misconduct and deliberate decisions to put boys like you at risk.