Sex Crimes

California attorney seeks to use 'perversion' files in Boy Scout sex abuse trial

This undated photo provided by the California Department of Justice's official Internet web site, Megan's Law shows former Boy Scout leader Al Stein who has pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009. An attorney representing the young man who was molested by Stein in 2007 is asking a judge hearing the civil case to allow more than two decades of so-called "perversion" files on abusive Scout leaders into trial as evidence. A judge will hear arguments from both sides Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 about whether to allow the files as evidence in the trial. (AP Photo/California Department of Justice, Megan's Law)

This undated photo provided by the California Department of Justice's official Internet web site, Megan's Law shows former Boy Scout leader Al Stein who has pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009. An attorney representing the young man who was molested by Stein in 2007 is asking a judge hearing the civil case to allow more than two decades of so-called "perversion" files on abusive Scout leaders into trial as evidence. A judge will hear arguments from both sides Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 about whether to allow the files as evidence in the trial. (AP Photo/California Department of Justice, Megan's Law)  (The Associated Press)

A lawsuit brought by a man who was molested by a Boy Scout leader in 2007 could force the organization to reveal years of perversion files.

Files detailing sex abuse allegations that were kept by the organization between 1960 and 1991 already have been made public.

The potential release of more recent files — from 1991 to 2007 — would reveal whether the Boy Scouts improved efforts to protect children.

The plaintiff was sexually abused by an adult volunteer while the two worked at a Christmas tree lot fundraiser.

The Boy Scouts of America say in a statement that the volunteer's behavior was unacceptable but declined to comment on the larger issue of the files.