Boy Scout files indicate a number of community leaders in Rutland cooperated to cover up a convicted child molesters's involvement in scouting.
In 1964, William J. Moreau Jr. pleaded guilty to having lewd relations with an 11-year-old boy. The case was reported in the Rutland Herald, but no mention was made of the facts that Moreau was an assistant scoutmaster, his victim was a scout or that the abuse took place during an overnight stay at a scout camp.
A memo written by scout executive Bartley Nourse, released with the rest of the Boy Scouts' "perversion file," indicates why.
"The local newspaper Editor assured me that he would keep the name of scouting out of the papers -- as did the state's attorney, the mayor of the city of Rutland and the investigating officer," Nourse wrote. "So far so good."
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