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Former Minn. Boy Scout Suing Organization, Claiming Abuse, Negligence

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 59-year-old Minnesota man is suing the Boy Scouts of America, claiming he was abused by his scout leader in St. Paul and the organization did nothing meaningful to stop the man, whom they knew was a pedophile.

The lawsuit filed in Ramsey County says Steven Parker was 11 when he was first sexually abused by his former scout leader, identified as Andrew Momont, after he joined Troop 17 out of Olivet Baptist Church in Robbinsdale.

The abuse went on from 1967 to 1974, until Parker was 17, the lawsuit states.

Attorney Patrick Noaker says the plaintiff told the Boy Scouts that Momont was sexually dangerous. In response, the Boy Scouts reportedly told Parker that Momont had been removed from the scouting due to sexual misconduct.

However, there is no known file on Momont in the public archives.

The lawsuit claims the Boy Scouts were negligent in stopping abuse and failed to disclose the dangers of abuse by scout leader.

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