Donaghe, Sam W.

Ineligible Volunteer File on Sam W. Donaghe

Added April 23, 1990

In around 1920, soon after the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) was formed, the organization began keeping files on adult leaders and volunteers who were alleged to have committed various crimes and offenses. The files are known today as the “Ineligible Volunteer” or the “I.V. Files.”

The I.V. Files are made up of six categories of offenses including Perversion, Morals, Financial, Leadership, Theft and Criminal. By far the largest category is the Perversion Files, or “P Files” as the BSA internally refers to them. The Perversion Files contain the names of adult leaders who have been accused of, or convicted in a criminal court of, molesting or otherwise sexually abusing Boy Scouts.

Disclaimer: The information contained in each of the I.V. files was created solely by the Boy Scouts of America. The I.V. files for the period 1965 through 1985 were made public pursuant to a court order. By the terms of the court’s order, the names and contact information of persons identified as victims of sexual abuse and those that reported the abuse were redacted. If the person identified as the reporter of alleged abuse was a professional Scouter, i.e., an individual employed by the Boy Scouts of America or an affiliate, then the person’s name was not redacted. In 2012, the I.V. Files for the period 1986 through 1991 were made available to the public through the Los Angeles Times.

The information in the Perversion Files concerns allegations of child sexual abuse. In a number of the cases, the allegations were later substantiated by court proceedings. However, in a great many cases no such substantiation ever occurred.

The first page of each I.V. File is a “Confidential Record Sheet,” which provides basic background information on each individual. The information includes the individual’s date of birth, daytime job, and most importantly, his troop number and the basics of the allegations of abuse.

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Sam W. Donaghe


Boy Scouts of America

Troop Number(s)

(Unknown City, )

Date Ineligible Volunteer File Opened

April 23, 1990
Residence City: Lacey
Residence State: WA
Date of Birth: May 7, 1949
Occupation: Unknown
Weight: 250
Height: 5' 10"
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Unknown
Summary: In 1990, Ex-Scoutmaster Sam Donaghe of Olympia, Washington, reportedly was found to have a criminal history involving sexual abuse of children. In addition, it was reported that he was attempting to gain access to Scouting despite the disqualifying history by using the alias “Mark Whitten.” Most recently, he was involved with Scouting through his affiliation with the LDS Church. He also had prior involvement in Scouting in the San Jose, California, area. He was subsequently placed in BSA’s Ineligible Volunteer file.

Approximate Location(s) where Sam W. Donaghe Served

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